Ortonville VFW Honor Guard in attendance at ‘Salute To Service’ at Brandon High School Soccer Game – The Oakland Press


Ortonville VFW Post 582 Honor Guard presented the colors of the national anthem during the recent “Salute to Service – Tribute to Military, Veterans and First Responders” at the Brandon High School football game in Ortonville, September 24.

Brandon High School Football paid tribute to Eric Overall, first responders, police, firefighters, military and veterans at this annual commemoration.

Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Overall was killed in the line of duty early on Thanksgiving morning in 2017. He was the Brandon High School Liaison Officer. The Eric Overall First Responders Scholarship for High School Students at Brandon High School was established in his name.

Veteran Heroes Post Cmdr. Dennis Hoffman with Honor Guard members John Wudarcki, Steven Jurewich, Craig Whitaker, Carl Jeffrey and Cliff Filhart carried the flags presenting the colors.

The post wishes to increase the number of its members. For more information on membership, call Cmdr. Dennis Hoffman at 248-627-1065.

Clarkston American Legion Campbell-Richmond Post 63

Steve Willett has been a post commander for three years. Willett served in the Army from 1988 to 1991. He was stationed at Fort. Campbell, Ky. With the 101st Airborne in the anti-tank infantry. He worked on all positions, driver, gunner and loader on the TOW missile. He attended Air Assault School in 1988 to learn rappelling from helicopters and completed Jungle training in Panama in 1989. He was deployed to the Middle East during the Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991.

He said of serving as the post commander: “I serve because it’s a need, we’re here to help veterans and it’s something I know I had to do,” said Willett.

He said he worked his way up through the ranks through other officer positions, and then he became a commander.

“It was an honor to be elected and I was grateful for it and I just want to help other veterans and keep the organization going,” said Willett.

The post was founded in November 1930. The namesakes Campbell and Richmond were both army infantry and both were killed in the First World War. Campbell is buried in France and Richmond in Ortonville.

The current list of post officers includes 2nd Vice-Cmdr. Tom Romzek, Warrant Officer John Ousnamer, Finance and Services Officer Jerry Grzywinski, Administrator Wayne Fisher and Sergeant-at-Arms Don Carter.

The Post has 200 members and wishes to increase the number of its members. The post office is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday. It’s at 8047 Ortonville Road in Clarkston. The post office’s phone number is 248-625-9912.

Events to come

• Farmington American Legion Post 346 will be hosting a fundraising dinner, 5-7 p.m., Monday, October 4, at the station, 31775 Grand River Avenue. For more information, call 248-939-4910.

• Clarkston American Legion Extension 377 will host bingo at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5, open mic night from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8, and karaoke at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9 at 4819 Mary Sue Avenue. For more information, call 248-673-9301.

• Highland-White Lake-Milford VFW Post 9914 to host a steak, rib, fish or chicken dinner 5 pm-8pm Friday October 8 at 3200 N. Duck Lake Road, Highland. The cost is $ 16 for a steak and rib combo, $ 14 for a steak, $ 10 for fish or chicken. For more information, call 248-887-9914.

• The Royal Oak American Legion Post 253 will be hosting a Meatloaf Dinner from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday October 8 at 1505 N. Main St. The cost is $ 12. For more information, call 248-546-0490.

• Miracle Quilts for Our Wounded Troops will meet from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, October 9 at Independence Village, 701 Market St., Oxford. Michigan Veteran Women Veterans Empowerment Founder and CEO Stephanie Shannon will speak at 1 p.m. about her work with women veterans in Oakland County. Bring basic sewing supplies, a sewing machine, and an extension cord. Quilters can work on their own project or view one of the available quilt kits. For more information, call Carole 248-321-8669.

• Waterford VFW Post 1008 will hold a quarterly fundraising auction for Christmas food baskets and toys on Saturday 16 October at 1690 Airport Road. Local businesses donated items for auction. Paddles are 1 for $ 3, 2 for $ 5. Paddles and token quarters will be available at the gate. Items are priced from $ 0 to $ 100. Doors open at 6 p.m. Auctions begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 248-674-2826.

The Oakland Press is interested in all of Oakland County Veteran’s events. Please send the information in the body of an email with the subject line “Veterans” to Sharon Longman at [email protected] Allow two weeks’ notice for scheduled events and include a phone number readers can call for more information.


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