Officially, Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th.  And, as a way to recognize veterans for their military service, during times of war or peace, Davenport University and its chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) is celebrating Veteran’s Day on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 on its W.A. Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids. The event is free and open to the public.

Members of the military will be displaying vehicles and equipment like those currently being used overseas. A military helicopter is scheduled to land on-campus at 10 a.m. (weather dependent). Visitors will be encouraged to sign a flag and write letters to deployed DU students currently serving in combat. Local law enforcement, SWAT, fire and EMS organizations will have vehicles and equipment on display, and a local World War II Reenactment Group will be on-site to interact with participants at the event. There also will be a face painting and temporary tattoo table for kids and a free hotdog lunch.

My friend, Rick Jensen, Communications Manager of Davemport University, passed the schedule on, with festivities beginning at 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.
Military equipment on display, WWII Reenactment, Face painting for kids

10:00 a.m.
Military helicopter landing and will remain until 12:40 p.m. (weather dependent)

11:00 a.m.
Moment of silence followed by the National Anthem, a seven-gun volley and taps

11:10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free lunch (hotdogs, chips, pop, coffee, hot chocolate)

12:00 p.m.
Raffle drawings