EAST TAWAS – Those who have served in the nation’s military will be recognized at several different functions across Iosco County on Veterans Day, which is Monday, Nov. 11.
This includes a plaque dedication ceremony in honor of retired Four-Star General – and East Tawas native – Earl T. O’Loughlin, who will be on hand for the event.
Local resident Jane Ruster, who has been championing to have O’Loughlin acknowledged, said the ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. from East Tawas Harbor Park, located at the end of Newman Street on US-23.
According to Ruster, O’Loughlin is the only Air Force Four-Star General in the state of Michigan.
Should there be inclement weather, the plaque will still be in place for visitors to view, but the dedication will be postponed until spring or summer.
Ruster says the ceremony will begin with welcoming comments by East Tawas Mayor Bruce Bolen. Following this, Master of Ceremonies Kevin Allen, of Carroll Broadcasting, will introduce the Tawas Area Honor Guard.
The Honor Guard will present the service flags, raise the American Flag and fly the POW/MIA flag, accompanied by the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ruster notes that the plaque in O’Loughlin’s honor was created by John Bolen, who will also be introduced during the event. Bolen and his father, Jerry, donated the stand for the plaque, as well.
Allen will then give an account of O’Loughlin’s history, after which the man of the hour himself will address the crowd.
Another Veteran’s Day event will occur in the neighboring community of Tawas City.
Tawas Area Schools (TAS) will present its 24th annual Veterans Day Assembly, starting at 9:45 a.m. in the gymnasium of the high school/middle school building, located at 245 W. M-55.
TAS employee Catherine Gronda says that Veterans are invited to arrive early, beginning at 9 a.m., to enjoy pastries and coffee courtesy of Tim Horton’s and Neiman’s Family Market.
She noted that the event will feature an appearance by the local Armed Forces Honor Guard, performances by the high school band/choir and patriotic readings by TAS students.
All Veterans and their families are welcome to attend the assembly.
Also taking place in Tawas City will be the annual Veterans Day Dinner, hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). It will be held at Tawas Area Elks Lodge No. 2525, located at 1002 Monument Rd.
Free to all military Veterans, the food will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The meal – prepared and served by members of the USCG – will consist of ham, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, rolls and dessert.
Organizers share that all Veterans, from all branches of military service, are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Those in other parts of the county will also have a chance to acknowledge military personnel, including with the Hale Area Veteran’s annual observance.
Comprised of members of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7435, American Legion Post 422 and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 822 – along with the affiliated associates and auxiliary members – the group will start the event at 11 a.m.
It will be held in the American Legion building at 429 W. Main St., one block west of the traffic light.
Free and open to all, VVA President Terry Frank says the occasion will include a luncheon, remarks from members of each of the Veterans organizations and a performance by the Hale Area Schools Choir and Band.
For further details, Frank may be reached at 218-2000.
Another event that will be available to all is the combined Veterans Day activity hosted by Oscoda American Legion Post 274 and Oscoda VFW Post 3735. It will again be held in the Legion hall, at 349 S. State St., starting at 11 a.m.
American Legion Commander Joe Duby says speakers will include representatives of the Sons of the American Legion. Extra recognition will be given to World War II Veterans during the event, as well.
A luncheon will follow the service, and more information is available by calling 739-5121.