IRON MOUNTAIN—The fourth annual Military Appreciation Extravaganza, sponsored by the Dickinson area Christian Women’s Connection, was held at Pine Grove Country Club on Oct. 10 before a crowd of over 200.
The East Side Veterans Color Guard of Crystal Falls, under the direction of Commander Don Diller, performed the honors of posting and retiring the colors.
The East Side Veterans also carried out a three-round volley in commemoration of those who “gave all,” followed by bugler Alton Beck, U.S. Army, who played taps.
The Patriot Guard Riders from around the U.P. stood in the beautiful fall surroundings with their flags as fellow veterans and their guests arrived to celebrate and honor all veterans for their service to America.
Betty Johnson was honored as the recipient of the prestigious Citizen Patriot Award. The criteria for the award is, “exemplary love, honor and service to God, country and community.”
One veteran from Dickinson County and the surrounding area is eligible to receive the award by written nomination from members of the community. Johnson received a folded flag, and a traveling plaque, which she has chosen to be placed at the Veterans Hospital in Iron Mountain. Johnson, a World War II veteran, attended the Nuremburg trials of war criminals as part of her obligation in the military.
Dale LaPalme, a recipient of the Purple Heart, from Hermansville area, received the Veteran Volunteer of the award for his giving back to the veteran community at the VA in Iron Mountain.
“The purpose of the Military Appreciation Banquet is what the title of the event implies,” said Patsy Norton, Christian Women’s Connection spokesperson. “If the veterans who were in attendance felt honored and celebrated, then we accomplished our goal.”