Houghton Veterans Celebration


Houghton–You know its Veterans Day when you see this site on Mackinaw Bridge. The giant 30 foot by 60 foot flag displayed. This year it took less time to unveil. The Mackinaw Bridge authority used a new device that unrolls and stores the flag, meaning fewer people are used.

It’s a display Houghton veterans appreciate like Thomas Kataline appreciates. He is both a customer and veteran. He served two years overseas in the army and appreciates the gesture.

Katalin says of Veterans Day, “It’s nice to see a lot of the local businesses and people are realizing the sacrifices that veterans have made and they’re being recognized.”

Veterans Day might be a national federal holiday, but not all banks closed Monday. Branches of Incredible bank remained open and used the day to remember veterans.

In addition to providing refreshments for former soldiers workers at the branch are also delivering care packages to area veterans who live in assisted living facilities across Houghton County.

Stacy Hollenbeck is manager at Incredible bank and says, “It’s for our retired veterans that maybe is not able to live freely on their own and need a little bit of assistance.”

About 7.5 percent of Michigan adults are military veterans, and 54 percent of those veterans are age 65 and older, according to U.S. census bureau. In Houghton County there are about 2,848 veterans.