Community to host Memorial Day event at KCC


The sign at the front of KCC’s North Avenue campus.

In honor of the men and women who have died while serving in the United States armed forces, community members and college students will host a Memorial Day ceremony at Kellogg Community College’s North Avenue campus in Battle Creek at 11 a.m. May 27, 2013.

The hour-long ceremony, to be held near the flag pole in the center of campus, will be open to the public and feature a variety of speakers, musical performances and presentations.

Speakers will include retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Robert Secrist of Galesburg and veteran Gig Wagner with the Michigan Patriot Guard, a nonprofit organization that assists military members and veterans and their families.

Musical performers will include the Cereal City Concert Band, Lakeview High School Band, Kalamazoo Pipe Band, Mall City Harmonizers and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Nicholas Batch.

Also expected to attend are Duane Dewey, a former U.S. Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War, members of several “Gold Star” families in the area and some of the estimated 200 military veterans who currently attend KCC.

Attendees are encouraged to park in Lot H, accessed directly from North Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue, and bring their own blankets or chairs for the event. A reception with light refreshments will follow the ceremony in KCC’s Student Center. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Binda Theatre.

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