Source: Sherman Publications

Letter to the Editor
Thanks for festival help

August 01, 2012

Dear Editor,

Thanks to everyone for making our Veterans Celebration during the Festival of Fun on July 4th a success. Our very generous sponsors this year made our event extra special.

Our Platinum Level Sponsor was the Friends of the Independence Township Senior Adult Activity Center, Gold Level Sponsor was Committee to Elect Pat Kittle, Silver Sponsor was Friends to Elect Terry Fortuna, and our Bronze Level Sponsors were Elect Jose Aliaga, Rick Anderson and Wint & Son Funeral Home.

Our Platinum Level sponsor made it possible for us to provide lunch coupons to all of our veterans and families who attended the event. Our sponsorships also made it possible for us to book the Fifth Michigan Regiment Band (Civil War Reenactment Band) this year. They put on a very informative show with music and historical information about how bands such as theirs were used during the Civil War. Despite the hot temperatures they did an excellent job performing.

Our Veterans Planning Committee did a great job putting our second celebration together. A special thanks to Bart Clark our Master of Ceremony, John Cesarz, Gordy Cloutier, Phil Custodio, Amy Laboissonniere and John Thomas for planning this event. Our volunteers for the day from our Friends group were Carolyn Morrison and Kerri Perna. We also had wonderful baked goods to share with our veterans thanks to Lynn Brockman, Ruth Emerick, Carroll Harris, Lois Johnson, Larry Larsen, Helen Marsh, Sharon Nijhoff, Jean Perzyk, Duane Proctor, Donna Schneider, Joanne Townsend and Gerry Townsend.

Our special guests during the Veterans Ceremony did a great job on stage including Leslie Graham who sang the National Anthem, Mark Petterson who lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and the American Legion Chief Pontiac Post 377 Honor Guard for doing the Gun Salute.

We really appreciated having Rick Anderson from the Great Lakes National Cemetery and Terry Schelswell who brought out his restored military vehicles. Last but not least thanks to all of the veterans who participated in the Military Museum and the Veterans Celebration on the 4th of July. It was a pleasure to honor our veterans for all they have done for our country.


Barbara Rollin

Independence Township Senior Center