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Veterans take bus tour of monuments and memorials

Veterans in Grand Traverse County that took part in the Hometown Heroes event were bused around Traverse City and given guided tours of memorials dedicated to those that've served.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Veterans in Grand Traverse County were given the chance Wednesday to check out some spots around town dedicated to them.

The Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network partnered with Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services to host the third annual Hometown Heroes event.

Five buses of veterans were given a guided tour of Traverse City area monuments and memorials that honor those who have served.

“These gentlemen (and women) that we’re honoring today may not be here next year," said VFW Cherryland Post 2780 Commander Michael Smith. "Year after year, we’re going to make sure that someone, some veteran, gets an opportunity to see things that he (or she) may never see, and could’ve lived here all his (or her) life and never seen some of these cemeteries, some of these monuments that have been erected in his (or her) honor.”

The tour began with a stop at Veterans Memorial Park in the Grand Traverse Commons, where a ceremony was held that featured the presentation of colors, and the national anthem.

Following the tour, the group was served lunch at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City.

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