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Michigan Veteran Homes raises flag in Grand Rapids

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Posted at 9:02 AM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 16:21:07-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan Veteran Homes – a branch of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – raised their two-story flag Thursday morning in support of service members.

It was done at 10 a.m. at 3000 Monroe Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

“This flag speaks to our Home’s patriotism, support of our military service members and veterans and our allegiance to state and country,” said Bruce Kalish, chaplain of the Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids.

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The 30 by 50-foot flag, which can be seen from Riverside Park and Monroe Avenue NE, will hang between two trees on the grounds of the Home adjacent to the display of service flags.

The flag has been raised every year for more than 20 years now.

The ceremony included a posting of the colors and three-volley salute led by the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and an invocation and benediction led by Kalish.

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Staff and members in attendance sang the “Star Spangled Banner” as the flag was raised.