Two events will take place on Veterans Day, Friday Nov. 11, to honor those who have
served in the armed forces.
The first will be held outdoors at 11 a.m. in North Muskegon at Veteran’s Memorial Park
on the Causeway. The second event will take place at 2 p.m. in the Bartels-Rode Gymnasium on
The MCC event will begin with the traditional “Star Spangled Banner” being sung by he
Shoreline Barbershop Chorus. The MCC Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Daniel M.
Meyers, will perform “America the Beautiful,” and other patriotic songs.
The MCC Jaywalkers, directed by Thomas Clark, and the Wind Ensemble will perform
the respective military branch anthems. Staff Sgt. Steve Allen will speak briefly about the history
of the military branches.
Featured speakers will be Christian Zwit, a U.S. Navy veteran currently pursuing an
associate degree, and Nancy Frye, a U.S. Air Force veteran and MCC Board of Trustees
Chief Judge Raymond J. Kostrzewa, who has presided over Muskegon County Veteran’s
Treatment Court since 2014, will be the keynote speaker.
John Selmon, vice president for student services and administration, will offer welcoming
remarks, and adjunct instructor and U.S. Army veteran Jerry Conrad will serve as the emcee.
The posting of the colors will be performed by the American Legion Post 297 of
Ravenna. A 21-gun rifle salute will be conducted by American Legion Post 9 of Muskegon.
The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will present wreaths.
This year marks two consecutive years that MCC has been selected as a veteran-friendly
school at the Gold Level. MCC is the only West Michigan community college to earn the Gold
Level status in both 2015 and 2016.
In 2015 the State of Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency launched the Michigan Veteran-
Friendly School program to recognize academic institutions of higher learning committed to
supporting the needs of student veteran and dependents. The program awards Gold, Silver and
Bronze level status to institutions that offer veteran-centered services and programs.
Refreshments will be served in the gymnasium following the event.