Local VFW holds annual ceremony

NEGAUNEE — November 11th is considered to be a sacred holiday for many Americans. The day, known as Veterans Day, celebrates the service of millions of Americans gave to their country.

Here in the U.P., the Negaunee VFW hosted their annual Veterans Day ceremony this morning.

On a day the entire country puts life on hold to honor all of our veterans, the colossal amount of gratitude and respect in Negaunee held no boundaries.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a large crowd gathered outside at the Veterans Memorial Park next to city hall.

The reason requires little to no explanation.

“The debt of gratitude that this country owes to veterans is monumental,” said Tom Stanaway with the VFW in Negaunee, “first of all we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the veterans themselves; both those who have passed in wars and the ones who are still alive.”

Stanaway added that there are roughly 25,000 veterans in the Upper Peninsula alone.

“Not all of them are recognized personally. It’s still nice at the fact the country sets aside a day for this country to recognize them. Veterans are all over the place. If we don’t have a day which Veterans Day is here to recognize them, all is lost.”

Following the service a luncheon was held at the Negaunee – VFW just down the road.

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Caleb Scanlon
Caleb M. Scanlon is a reporter for ABC 10 / CW 5 and joined the news team in 2015. He grew up in Negaunee, where he attended Negaunee High School. Caleb completed his Bachelor's degree in Media Production and New Technologies from Northern Michigan University with a minor in Communication Studies. Caleb interned with ABC 10 / CW 5 in the fall of 2014. During his free time, Caleb enjoys spending time with his wife Samantha, his kids Fred and Lucy, and his cats Scotty, Remus, and Fitzgerald. Caleb plays a multitude of musical instruments and performs in a band called Concord Through Keys. When there isn't snow on the ground, Caleb can often be found at Al-Quaal playing disc golf.