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K of C honor local vets with dinner, entertainment

BY TIMOTHY MUCCIANTE
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Terry Blumberg, a Gold Star dad, talking about Blum’s Landing, which is a project he and his wife, Jan, have developed to honor their deceased son, Trevor’s wish for them to “take care of my guys.” 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante Terry Blumberg, a Gold Star dad, talking about Blum’s Landing, which is a project he and his wife, Jan, have developed to honor their deceased son, Trevor’s wish for them to “take care of my guys.” Photo by Timothy Mucciante The Davison Knights of Columbus hosted a Veteran’s Appreciation dinner, together with entertainment, to thank area veterans for their service this last Sunday at the Knights of Columbus hall.

In the packed hall, veterans of all ages, together with their family or guests, enjoyed a dinner of chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, vegetables and the greatest coleslaw in the world. (Just this reporter’s opinion.) Oh, and the desserts were pretty astounding, as well.

The program started with welcoming remarks by Rudy Bolf navigator for the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, followed by posting of the colors by the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, reciting the pledge of allegiance and singing the national anthem.


The Knights of Columbus Honor Guard bringing in in the colors for posting 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante The Knights of Columbus Honor Guard bringing in in the colors for posting Photo by Timothy Mucciante Steve Bourcier from the Otisville VFW conducted a POW Remembrance Ceremony, and discussed what it was like educating school children about POW/MIAs. The invocation was done by Father Leroy White, who turned 88 years old on Monday. Bolf said of Father White, "No one realizes how much work Father White does for the Knights of Columbus. He's at every event, he works tirelessly for us.”

Terry and Jan Blumberg, a Gold

Star family, gave a presentation about Blum’s Landing, a project they are working on. Blum’s Landing is a retreat house for war on terror veterans, and the project honors one of the last wishes of their son, Trevor. According to Terry Bloomberg, Trevor asked his parents to “take care of my guys.” Trevor was killed in 2003 in Iraq.

The entertainment consisted of a patriotic medley performed by The Singing Knights, a group of Knights of Columbus members throughout Michigan. Afterward, a moment of silence was held to remember all departed veterans, and then taps was played by Charles Lewis of the Otisville VFW.

Also in attendance was Deborah Hayes, executive director of My Brother’s Keeper, along with several homeless veterans. Hayes said that her mission is to rehouse homeless veterans that are referred to her organization by the VA.

“What they do is that they get referred to us, so that the veterans can get a bed for up to 120 days. And from that we have a model called Housing First, which means our job is to find houses for the veterans that are referred to us. We’re trying to help them find permanent housing. It takes us about 45 to 60 days to place a veteran.”

The Davison Knights of Columbus has held the Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner for the last three years, and Bolf, who says one Knights of Columbus mission is “patriotism,” said it will be held again honor area veterans.

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