FLINT TWP. — Three men stood and were applauded when all veterans present in the audience were asked to stand at the township board meeting Monday night.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, thanked them for their service and read a poem, “The Noble and the Brave” by Joanna Fuchs, in a tribute to Veteran’s Day, which was observed on Tuesday.
This is what she read:
When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.
They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.
They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.
Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.
We salute every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.
So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.
Miller also announced Veteran’s Day events being held at parks in Swartz Creek and Flint. One veteran acknowledged that many businesses and restaurants were offering Veteran’s Day special meals and discounts.
Miller also announced that the VFW Post, G-4138 Corunna Road, accepts old flags for proper disposal. Anyone who is replacing their old flag can take it there, she said
Newly re-elected Governor Rick Snyder also posted a video honoring vets and cited ways the state works to help them including job fairs. It can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=dr3svVHfKOw&feature=youtu. be
“In Michigan, we’re proud of the nearly 700,000 veterans who call our state home,” Snyder said in a press release. “We owe them a debt of gratitude for their service in defense of our freedoms.”