By Amy Huber, Editor –
Jeff DeYoung, a current MCC student and former Marine counter-explosives specialist in Afghanistan, will be one of several featured speakers at MCC’s Veterans Day observance on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
The event will begin with a flag-raising at 2 p.m. near the main entrance.
DeYoung, a criminal justice major, will be accompanied by Cena, a Labrador dog that was his companion for more than a year. The two were recently reunited after five years, and DeYoung was able to adopt Cena, who was being retired from the Marines.
Also speaking at the ceremonies will be Nancy Frye, an Air Force veteran and secretary of the MCC Board of Trustees, and Ron Janowski, a retired Army colonel and JROTC instructor at Muskegon High School.
President Dale Nesbary will offer welcoming remarks and the MCC Jaywalkers will sing the respective military branch anthems. MCC student jack Harrison will play Taps, followed by closing remarks by John Selmon, vice-president for student services and administration.
To start the activities, a procession from the flagpole to Bartles-Rode Gymnasium will be led by a solo drummer. Musical offerings will include the Grand haven High School chamber orchestra singing “America the Beautiful” and other patriotic songs, and the Shoreline Barbershop Chorus will sing The National Anthem.
SSgt. Steve Allen will speak briefly about the various military medals, and a seven-member rifle squad from the Muskegon VFW will provide a 21-gun salute to honor American’s fallen heroes.
Prior to the campus event, another ceremony will be held at11 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Causeway Drive. It will include patriotic music by the Reeths-Puffer Middle School band. Military honors and a rifle salute will be provided by VFW Post 8846. The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will present wreaths.