63rd Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Luncheon

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FireKeepers Casino Hotel

11177 E Michigan Ave

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Battle Creek, MI 49014

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"Honoring Those Who Answered the Call to Serve"

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Honoring Those Who Answered the Call to Serve

Did you or someone you know serve in the United States Armed Forces? Do you have a soft spot for those who choose to serve? If so, this event is for you. The 2019 Armed Forces Appreciation Luncheon Celebration is open to all Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Veteran Affairs, VA Hospital, HDI-Federal Center, AND THE PUBLIC.

The event will feature all of the local defense community, community, and tribal veterans at the 63rd Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Luncheon.

Attire: Dress Uniforms, Business and Business Casual

Opening Ceremony: 11:45 a.m. to include a Tribal Color Guard & Tribal Drum Demonstration Team

Guest Speaker: David Keeton and the History of the War Dog

Background on Military Working Dogs

Brave and loyal military working dogs are essential members of America’s armed forces. Courageous canines have aided U.S. soldiers in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Today, the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base just outside of San Antonio, TX, trains American military working dogs and their handlers. Dozens of dog breeds have served in the U.S. armed forces. Modern military working dogs are predominantly Belgian Malinois, German shepherds, Dutch shepherds and Labrador retrievers.

German shepherds are tall, strong, fast, athletic and easily trainable. Dutch shepherds are similarly built but their coats differ in look and feel. Muscular but slightly smaller than shepherds and light on their feet, Belgian Malinois are also ideal military dogs. A Belgian Malinois named Cairo accompanied Navy SEAL Team Six on its mission to find Osama bin Laden.

The military prizes retrievers, including Labradors, for their extraordinary sense of smell. Labrador retrievers are often trained as specialized search dogs.

When military working dogs reach retirement age, they are usually adopted by their handlers or civilians. Across the country, there are memorials dedicated to these animals. The bravery, loyalty and service of all past and present military working dogs will never be forgotten.

Live Music: Featuring “The Cereal City Concert Band”

Tickets are $10 per Person: Tables and sponsorship available;

Date and Time

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FireKeepers Casino Hotel

11177 E Michigan Ave

Free Valet Event Parking at the Hotel

Battle Creek, MI 49014

View Map

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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