West Michigan Armed Forces Thanksgiving Luncheon to pay tribute to US military members


FREE ENTERTAINMENT AND AWESOME. THANK YOU FOR COMING IN. LET’S CHECK IN WITH JORDAN. OUR NEXT TEST ARE TWO PEOPLE BEHIND A SPCIAL EVENT HAPPENING NEXT MONTH WHICH HAS A SIMPLE YET IMPORTANT GOAL FOR OUR ARMED SERVICES MEMBERS. I’M JOINED BY JOHN AND KATIE. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US HERE. WHAT IS ARMED FORCES THANKSGIVING? THIS WAS A WAY TO SAY THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS AND EDUCATE OUR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH AND WHAT SKILLS CAN BE APPLIED TO LIFE. LAST YEAR, WE BEGAN OUR JOURNEY AND WE SOLD OUT AND WE ARE GOING TO SELL OUT AGAIN THIS YEAR. MIXING HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH WITH VETERANS. WE ARE SEEING SOME VIDEO RIGHT NOW. THIS IS THE SECOND ANNUAL EVENT. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO ATTEND LAST YEAR BUT THERE’S A WHOLE MORNING FILLED WITH ACTIVITIES PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE COMMUNITY CAN TAKE PART IN. THERE’S ALSO UNIQUE ASPECT TO IT. WE HAVE MILITARY EQIPMENT THAT WILL BE ON DISPLAY. THE HIGH SCHOOL KIDS WILL BE DOWN WITH THE CHAPERONES. IF YOU ARE DOWNTOWN ON THIS DAY, THE BAGPIPE PROCESSIONAL WILL GO FROM THE PARK TO THE J W. JUST STAND AND BE IN OFF OF WHAT IS GOING ON THAT DAY. THIS IS HAPPENING AT THE JW THERE’S A VERY POWERFUL SPEAKER YOU HAVE BROUGHT TO WEST MICHIGAN. NOAH GALLOWAY. WE REACHED OUT TO HIM AND TOLD HIM ABOUT THE PREMISE AND HE SAID I WANT TO BE THERE. HE’S AN AMAZING PERSON. WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM COME OUT. YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS. WITH THE DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES AND THE PEOPLE WHO SERVED NOWADAYS COMPARED TO A GENERATION AGO, IT’S IMPORTANT TO EDUCATE OUR STUDENTS SO THEY CAN EDUCATE THEIR PEERS ABOUT WHO THE VETERANS ARE AND WHO THEY COULD BE. MAYBE THIS IS A CAREER CHOICE THAT MIGH BE GOOD FOR THEM BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, OUR COMMITTEE ONCE TO MAKE SURE OUR CURRENT VETERANS ARE HONORED AND CELEBRATED. YOU HAVE A VERY STRONG TIED TO OUR VETERANS. IS VERY SIMILAR TO OTHER PEOPLE. I FOUND THIS COMMITTEE TO CELEBRATE MY DAD AND HIS SERVICE. HE WAS AN ACTIVE DUTY IN VIETNAM IN 67 AND 68. THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO, BUT IT LIVES WITH HIM TODAY AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOLS TO GET INVOLVED. THEY NEED TO CONTACT MYSELF OR MY COUNTERPART ON THE SCHOOL AND OF OUR COMMITTEE . THAT SOUND EITHER THROUGH THE ARMED FORCES WEBSITE. LAST YEAR, ONE OF THE THINGS I NOTICED WAS THERE WAS SUCH A DIVERSE AND ECLECTIC GROUP OF MILITARY VETERANS, ACTIVE MILITARY AND LOCAL STUDENTS. THIS IS A DIVERSE COLLECTION AND A GOOD WAY FOR PEOPLE TO COME OUT. IT’S NOT JUST A CROSS-SECTION OF WEST MICHIGAN, BUT WE TRIED TO RECRUIT A DIVERSE GROUP OF STUDENTS AND CHAPERONES. SOMETIME IN THE 17-8 TEEN SCHOOL YEAR, DESIGN AND ACTIVITY THAT WILL CELEBRATE VETERANS AT EDUCATE OTHERS WHO MAY NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT IT AND DO IT IN A CREATIVE WAY. THE MUSEUM IS FREE. THEY ARE GOING TO DO SOMETHING REALLY COOL WITH THE SCAVENGER HUNT. THIS IS A REALLY NICE ADDITION THIS YEAR AND I THANK THE MUSEUM FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION. WE’LL HAVE TWO TOUR GROUPS. WE WILL HAVE IPADS DELIVERED TO GROUPS AND THEIR CHAPERONES AND THEY WILL HAVE A SCHEDULE THAT WILL HELP NAVIGATE THEIR WAY TO THE MUSEUM. A SPECIAL ADDITION TO THE GROUP THIS YEAR. DON’T GO AWAY.

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