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         ANNUAL

ARMED FORCES THANKSGIVING LUNCHEON

2nd

May 5, 2017

Featured Keynote Speaker

JW MARRIOTT  GRAND RAPIDS   MI

Our 2017 luncheon will be highlighted with a keynote address from Noah Galloway, who joined the military in 2001 following 9/11. Sergeant Noah Galloway was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On December 19, 2005, three months into his second tour of duty, he was gravely injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack. Noah lost his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee. His book, LIVING WITH NO EXCUSES, published last August, details how he lost more than limbs, but never gave up. It is a story of success and failure, courage and weakness, tears and triumphs.

Click here to see Noah's

interview with 

Eva Aguirre Cooper

Students, professional leaders, veterans and active duty personnel will come together to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served our country while creating a compelling learning experience for high school students. We want these students to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices these courageous men and women have made on behalf of this nation.  There will be opportunities to view displays of military equipment, listen to a keynote speaker and share experiences. Each high school in the area is invited to send three students and a school representative/veteran to the event. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

​Proceeds from the event will benefit the West Michigan Veterans Coalition.

The West Michigan Veterans Coalition is a collaboration between local military friendly organizations that provide support, information, and resources to veterans and their families, employers, and other organization throughout West Michigan.