Veterans Day in Muskegon County: 2018

One hundred years ago…on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 the guns fell silent and "The Great War", came to an end. The “war to end all wars” was one of the most destructive wars in modern history; the conflict resulted in the deaths of more than 16 million soldiers and civilians.

World War I left an immeasurable impact on the world and continues to resonate. It introduced new thoughts about war, pacifism, courage and sacrifice. It also make the nation reconsider it's role on the world stage.

This November, Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace, living and dead for their sacrifices; and there are many.

In 2018 the insurance company Insurify analyzed over 900,00 insurance applications looking for any individuals named on the policy who were active or former service members. The resulting data was analyzed to determine the percentage of local residents in each state, then the top-ranking city in each state was identified. Muskegon County was recognized as having the highest number of active and former service members in the state of Michigan, and we thank them. However...ALL deserve to be saluted for their contributions to the national defense.

This Veterans Day, visit one of our Military Museums or Memorial sites:

* Civil War Monuments in Hackley Park


* Statue of General Philip Kearny, corner of Peck and Terrace * USS LST 393 Veterans Museum * USS Silversides Submarine Museum * Veteran's Memorial Park * Vietnam War Memorial "Final Approach" Hidden Cove Park, City of Norton Shores

Veterans Day Events to Attend:

* Saturday, November 10,  2:00pm | Unveiling and dedication of the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” sculpture | USS LST 393 Veterans Museum

The statue represents Muskegon-born Clarence Zylman, the famed Boogie Woogie Bugler of World War II. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the Muskegon Community College Center for Experiential Learning. A reception honoring sculptor Ari Norris will follow.

* Sunday, November 11, 11:00 am | Veterans Day Ceremony | Veterans Memorial Park on the Causeway

Guest speaker: Muskegon County Commissioner Robert Scolnik.  The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute will be conducted by American Legion Post #9, the Marine Corps League Muskegon Detachment #703, and County Council members. Music will be provided by the Reeths-Puffer Middle School band.  The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will lay wreaths.

* Sunday, November 11, 10:30 a.m | Veterans Day Tribute | Algot Johnson American Legion Post 69

The ceremony will include the presentation of colors by the legion’s Color Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the Star Spangled Banner, a guest speaker, prayer, a P.O.W. table ceremony, a 21-gun salute and a 21 bells ringing to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  Taps played by members of the Whitehall High School band will conclude the ceremony. A luncheon will follow and donations will be accepted for the purchase of socks and personal hygiene products for veterans.

Post 69 will also be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It was one of 30 charter members of the American Legion which was formed following


* Tuesday, November 13, 6:00 p.m | Muskegon in the Great War | Lakeshore Museum Center

World War I produced many changes to the people and industries of Muskegon. Learn about Muskegon’s role in this global conflict and help mark the 100-year anniversary of its conclusion.

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
~ Douglas MacArthur

Learn more about Clarence Zylman here: