Veterans Memorial Park fundraising event was both fun and meaningful

There was laughter and hand-clapping, sing-alongs and knee-slapping, and through it all, there were meaningful salutes to our veterans.
Whenever a veteran was introduced, the crowd applauded. The “crowd,” in this case, was the customers who came and went Saturday at the House of Flavors in Manistee. Whenever musicians Gerry and Arlene Davis played a military song, someone in the “crowd” either sang along, or clapped their hands in appreciation.
It was that kind of fun-filled, yet meaningful gathering held at the restaurant on Armed Forces Day.
With the Manistee News Advocate and House of Flavors in Manistee teaming up to host Saturday’s fundraising event, more than $1,600 was raised to help build an “Veterans Memorial Park” arch at the entrance to the park on Memorial Drive. Imagine that — $1,600 — more than double the goal of the event organizers.
Throughout the day, veterans came and went, were introduced and introduced again and again, until, in the end, more than just a few tears were shed.
On behalf of the House of Flavors and all those who are behind the revitalization project to Veterans Memorial Park (see related story, page 1A), the News Advocate would like to thank everyone who took part in Saturday’s event, especially Mr. and Mrs. Davis, who provided the fun, entertaining music. We’d also like to thank all those who made donations to the project.

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