Muskegon Lake Effect Armed Forces Weekend May 18-20

May 19-20 is a special weekend in the Muskegon Area when we get to say "Thank You" to our Veterans with two great boating events.

The 2012 Armed Forces Salmon Assault and the
Muskegon Charter Boat Association is proud to present the second annual charity veterans fishing event, the Armed Forces Salmon Assault, to honor our servicemen and women. The annual event will take place on May 19, 2012, on Lake Michigan with a half day of fishing and return to Bluffton Bay Marina for a luncheon and awards ceremony. Our goal for this year is to have 25 boats participate and host around 85 to 100 Muskegon County Veterans.

Fri. May 18, 2012

Mandatory Captains Meeting for all participating boats, receive event t-shirt for captain and crew, flags & banners, and cover event schedule for following day

7:00 PM - Bluffton Bay Marina/Bayside Centre,

3006 Lakeshore Dr.
Muskegon, MI 49441

Sat. May 19, 2012

Armed Forces Salmon Assault tournament begins.

"Veterans Cup" sponsored by Gun Lake Casino -Dept. of Defense Teams, catch up to your MDNR limit weigh the biggest 4 fish.
Canteen Cup-VFW, Legions and Club Teams catch up to your MDNR limit weigh the biggest 4 fish. Big Fish of the day-All participants are eligible, weigh your biggest fish
6:00am - All participant must arrive and board their assigned boats for departure

6:30am - All boats meet in Muskegon Lake at the channel mouth
- Moment of silence for our fallen and event prayer
- Lets go fishing

12:00pm - Return to pier head for Coast Guard Demonstration and escort in

1:30pm - Weigh in Begins @ Bluffton Bay Marina/Bayside Centre
- Luncheon and fish stories @ Bluffton Bay Marina/Bayside Centre

2:30pm - Awards Ceremony @ Bluffton Bay Marina/Bayside Centre

3:00pm - 5:00pm - Social Hour

5:00pm - Event Ends

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LST 393  will honor America’s heroes this year on Armed Forces Day weekend, May 18-19.

On May 18, veterans affairs coordinator Dan Weikel is working with state and local VA offices to sponsor a “veterans only” job fair. As many as 60 companies from across Michigan will set up aboard LST 393 to interview job-seeking veterans. Unfortunately, the jobless rate among veterans in Michigan is much higher than it is for non-veterans.

The job fair opens at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18. Companies interested in interviewing veterans may call the following contacts for detailed information:

* Dave Eling, Muskegon County Veterans Affairs Office, 231.724.7143

* Jesse Mikaelsen, State VA Representative, 231.739.9010

* State Rep. Holly Hughes, 877.633.0331.

Veterans interested in being interviewed only need to show up.

On May 19 the tribute continues on Saturday with events starting at 10 a.m. The program and tours through LST 393 and the Museum will be free that day, although donations will be appreciated. There will be static displays of World War II and current military vehicles as well as displays and sales of military memorabilia.The Grand Rapids Accordion Ensemble will perform from 11 a.m. to noon.

The formal program begins at noon and includes:

  * All-American anthems by Metropolitan Opera Star Gwenneth Bean

* Patriotic songs by the Leffring Sisters

* American Legion 9 will present and post the colors.

* A keynote address by Dave Eling, director of the Muskegon County Veterans Affairs Office.

* Susan Harrison Wollfis narrating the setting and the meaning of the “Missing Man’s Table.”

* Special focus this year will be on Purple Heart recipients and former Prisoners of War. We encourage all veterans (or the families of a veteran) who fit into one of these categories to contact us at 231.288.4012 prior to the event so a certificate of appreciation may be prepared for each one of them – to be awarded at this ceremony.

* The ceremony ends with a 21-gun salute, Taps, and a fly-over of rare World War II-era Warbirds.

After the formal program, visitors are invited to stay for:

* A program on “How to Care For and Fly the American Flag,” will be presented by retired Navy Chief  Rhett Sease.

* A concert starting at 6 p.m. by the West Michigan Concert Winds. There will be a charge for this concert, $5 per person.

Visitors can view the many tables set up with military memorabilia and artifacts that are for sale by local military collectors. Anyone may rent a table for that day to display and sell their military items (all items must be military). To reserve a table ($25 each), call 231.288.4012. All proceeds from the rental of these tables goes to projects and services honoring our veterans.

Also scheduled that day will be a live demonstration of a WWII tracked landing LTV-4. Commonly called a “Buffalo,” this vehicle is the type used at the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. A special detailed collection of models depicting the men and equipment of the WWII U.S. 761st Tank Battalion, and the trucks of the “Red Ball Express,” will be available for inspection, as well as the largest collection of American fighting knives in the Midwest. There will be a special appearance of the WWII “Bazooka Man.”

Aboard the ship, LST 393, will be the grand opening of the LST 393 Veterans Museum’s two newest permanent displays…. “Tribute to American Women in the Military,” and the “Tuskegee Airmen.”

The USS LST 393 Veterans Museum is an official drop off location for food items being donated the “Muskegon County Needy Veterans Food Pantry.”

The Muskegon Lions Club will again have their great food available for purchase on both Friday and Saturday.

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