Memorial Week at The War Memorial

A time to recognize, reflect, and pay our respects as a community

 

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MICHIGAN — The War Memorial is setting aside an entire week to honor our community’s veterans, military service members, and their families with special programs and events leading up to Memorial Day.

The week includes four individual programs: Our Community Salutes on May 22, 2018; Enlisted a documentary film by Michigan filmmaker Keith Famie on May 23, 2018; An Evening of Red, White and Blue, our premiere gala event on May 24, 2018; and our annual Memorial Day Service on May 28, 2018.

All events will be held at The War Memorial, located at 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms.


Our Community Salutes — Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Reception for Enlistees and Families at 6pm | Ceremony at 7pm

Our Community Salutes is a national non-profit organization created to recognize and celebrate high school students who are enlisting in the armed services after graduation. Together, with their families The War Memorial welcomes and honors Metro Detroit’s courageous young men and women as they take their Oath of Enlistment, administered by U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles J. Cogger. Remarks will be made by WWII veteran and U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Raymond Mabarak (retired).

The War Memorial’s longstanding enlistee recognition ceremony is free and open to all who feel compelled to witness a stirring commitment to service; the event will be held on the lakefront lawn of The War Memorial (weather permitting). No registration is required.

About Chief Warrant Officer Raymond Mabarak

Born in Detroit in 1922, one of Chief Warrant Officer Ray Mabarek’s first jobs was building Chris Craft Boat Works engines for Army assault boats. Ray went on to attend aircraft school and was hired to build wings for the B-17 Bomber. Ray joined the Army Air Corps as a cadet and was sworn in, on November 2, 1942 on Center Ice at Olympia Stadium during a Red Wings game.

Mabarak’s service took him from the Ruhr Valley in response to the Battle of the Bulge in 1945, before returning to Fort Bragg prior to serving in one of two divisions sent the Philippines and on to Japan in the fall of 1945.

In April of 1947 Ray joined the Michigan National Guard’s 46th Division and became a part of the HQ Batter, 46th Division Artillery. He was commissioned as a Warrant Officer in August of 1957. He served for 38 years and has held every rank from cadet to Chief Warrant. He has served in the Army Air Corps, Infantry, Field Artillery, and Military Police Corps.

Mabarak received the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, State of Michigan Distinguished Service Medal and most recently, the French Republic Legion of Honor Medal.

About Lieutenant Colonel Charles J. Cogger

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Cogger Is a native of Bloomington, Minnesota. He enlisted in the military In 1991 starting in the U.S. Army Reserves and subsequently the Minnesota Army National Guard. He was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer through the University of Minnesota Reserve Officer Training Corps In 1997 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Upon completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, LTC Cogger was assigned to A/2-17 FA, 2d Infantry Division, Korea where he served as a Fire Direction Officer and Platoon Leader. LTC Cogger was reassigned to 3-319th AFAR, 82d Airborne Division. His duties included Company Fire Support Officer, B/1-504 PIR, and Battery Fire Direction Officer for C Battery. LTC Cogger later became the Fire Control Officer, 82d Airborne Division Artillery.

After attending the Field Artillery Captain Career Course and Combined Arms Staff Service School, LTC Cogger was assigned to the 1st Armored Division Artillery, Baumholder, Germany as an Operations Officer. While deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom, LTC Cogger served as the Civil Military Operations Officer. He later served in a command positioned during his Baghdad deployment.

Cogger attended the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and earned his International Master's of Business Administration In Global Supply Chain and Operations Management. He subsequently served as a Field Artillery Advisor for the Office of the Program Manager - Saudi Arabian National Guard.

Following the completion of the Command and General Staff College, LTC Cogger returned to the 82nd Airborne Division and served as the Assistant Fire Support Coordinator In the Joint Fires Cell and deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom. While deployed, he transitioned to the Brigade Fire Support Officer, 4th Brigade Combat Team, and further served as Battalion Executive Officer. He subsequently was assigned as the Executive Officer for the 18th Fires Brigade.

Cogger transferred to JRTC and Fort Polk and served as the Field Artillery Battalion Operations Observer, Coach, Trainer (OC/f), Fire Support Division, Operations Group. Until recently, LTC Cogger served as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for JRTC and Fort Polk.


Enlisted – A Documentary Film by Keith Famie — Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:30pm

While Memorial Day may serve as a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of service, the 2017 documentary Enlisted explores the motivations and inspirations to serve through the lived experiences of local veterans and their families. Created by Michigan based filmmaker Keith Famie, Enlisted and the conversations around the film examine the military experience as a fixture of American culture, and the profound changes within military service as an institution, a sociological force, and as a career path.

Enlisted - which originally aired on Detroit Public Television - is an Michigan Emmy® nominated film. 

Doors open at 7pm, film at 7:30pm followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.


An Evening of Red, White and Blue — Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6pm

An Evening of Red, White and Blue is The War Memorial’s premiere gala event, during which we honor our heroes and raise funds in support of The Patriot Initiative. The Patriot Initiative provides financial gifts to impactful organizations focused on honoring and serving veteran causes, as well as patriotic programs that occur at The War Memorial throughout the year. Guests will enjoy cocktails in the historic Alger estate courtyard, exquisite dining in our beautiful lakefront ballroom, and fireworks overlooking Lake St. Clair.

The ceremony will include recognition of local organizations, partners, and individuals working to support Detroit area veterans. Justin Mendoza, Quicken Loans Veteran Hiring Program Team Leader will receive the Spirit of Community Award for his effort to create career opportunities for veterans, service members and their families.

Tickets for An Evening of Red, White and Blue are available in two levels: $175 for the entire evening (6–10pm), or $65 for the Fireworks Afterglow only (8:30–10pm). A very limited quantity of tickets are available to purchase through The War Memorial’s Department of Institutional Advancement at 313.332.4075.

Suggested dress is chic red, white and blue attire.


Memorial Day Service — Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10am

The War Memorial’s week of service and honor culminates in our traditional Memorial Day Service. This moving ceremony takes place on the lakefront lawn of The War Memorial as we honor and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

The event features a reading of the names of fallen Grosse Pointe service members from all military branches, followed by the Tolling of the Bell and a Rifle Salute. Buffalo Soldiers of Michigan Honor Guard will perform the Advancing and Placing of Colors, accompanied by a patriotic program.

The service will conclude with a moment of solemnity, featuring a rendition of Amazing Grace performed on bagpipes.

The Memorial Day Service is free, open to the public, and attended by hundreds of members of the community. Guests are welcome to experience the service from their boats. No registration is required.

Major General Michael A. Stone, Commander, 46th Military Police Command Assistant Adjutant General of the Army National Guard, and Deputy Director of Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, will give the keynote address. Also participating are members of the Grosse Pointe Veterans Club, the Ritual Firing Team of V.F.W. Bruce Post 1146, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Color Corps, the Grosse Pointe Veterans Garden, the American Legion Grosse Pointe Post 303, along with local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

About Major General Michael A. Stone

Major General Michael Stone is the Commander, 46th Military Policy Command, Michigan Army National Guard. General Stone is also an Assistant Adjudicate General, responsible for Army armories and installations in the State of Michigan, as well as a Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Military & Veteran Affairs.

General Stone has served in numerous capacities in his time with the Army National Guard, commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1989, designated as the Distinguished Military Graduate through the University of Detroit Reserve Officer Training Corps program where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, attending on a full academic scholarship. He also possesses a Jurist Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law (Michigan State University School of Law) as well as a Master of Science, Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He is a former trial attorney and corporate general counsel. General Stone previously commanded the 1776th Military Police Company in Taylor, Michigan, the 1-182nd Field Artillery Battalion in Detroit, Michigan, and served as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 177th Military Police Brigade. General Stone also served as the Director of Joint Staff for the Michigan National Guard.

He has deployed three times as a member of the National Guard; serving as a Military Police Officer in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, and most recently in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


 About The War Memorial

The War Memorial, located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is a legacy-filled institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality and connectivity. Situated on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, The War Memorial serves an estimated 200,000 individuals with over 2,000 functions annually, including programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, The War Memorial is a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan with a mission to be a patriotic, cultural, and community leader.


This Americana Series Explores Subjects of Civil Rights, Public Service, and Patriotism

The War Memorial hosts social ethicist Dr. Gary Dorrien and U.S. Air Force combat veteran Mary Jennings Hegar for the 2018 season

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MI (February 20, 2018) - The War Memorial unveils details of the 2018 This Americana Season. The ticketed events will take place February through April and will showcase the voices of scholars and service members, as they explore topics ranging from the civil rights movement to modern day military service.

This Americana offers a series of speakers and conversations centered around history, culture, and the ideas that shape us as a community. The War Memorial presents both nationally-known and local speakers, exploring the important issues facing our families and region. Throughout the year, The War Memorial will welcome to the stage renowned social ethicist and Columbia University professor of religion Dr. Gary Dorrien; later in the season, Major Mary Jennings Hegar, veteran and author of Shoot Like a Girl, will join us to discuss her best-selling memoir.

“The War Memorial exists to explore new ideas,” said Charles Burke, President and CEO of The War Memorial. “This Americana as a series offers a venue for a higher level of conversation on subjects significant to the region, and to the nation. In an era increasingly marked by political or social divisions, the speakers joining us bring ideas or experiences with a unifying message.”

Dr. Gary Dorrien is a renowned scholar and social ethicist, and is the author of 16 books and hundreds of articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. In his new book Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel, Dorrien continues to unearth the heyday and legacy of the black social gospel, a tradition with a shimmering history, a martyred central figure, and an enduring relevance today.

Major Mary Jennings Hegar is a U.S. Air Force combat veteran who has earned the Purple Heart and  Distinguished Flying Cross with a Valor Device for her service in Afghanistan. In a presentation titled Be the Change, Hegar explores a dramatic journey through a military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.

Tickets and additional details are available via warmemorial.org/lectures or by calling 313-881-7511


February 24, 2018 – Dr. Gary Dorrien
12:30 pm VIP Reception
2 pm Talk

April 12, 2018 – Major Mary Jennings Hegar
6:30 pm VIP reception
8pm Talk
8:30 pm Book signing

Tickets, subscriptions, and additional details available via warmemorial.org/lectures or by calling 313.881.7511.


About The War Memorial

The War Memorial, located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is a legacy-filled institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality and connectivity. Situated on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, The War Memorial serves an estimated 200,000 individuals with over 2,000 functions annually, including programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, The War Memorial is a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan with a mission to be a patriotic, cultural, and community leader.


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Wins for Warriors Joins The War Memorial in Honoring Community Heroes  

1000 Christmas Salutes pays tribute to Michigan military and veteran families 

 

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MI - In conjunction with Wins for Warriors Foundation, The War Memorial Presents 1000 Christmas Salutes for a holiday celebration with Michigan’s military members, veterans and their families. 1000 Christmas Salutes will take place Sunday, December 17, with timed entry throughout the afternoon. The event is at no cost to all military members, veterans, first responders and accompanying family members.

2017 marks the third year the two organizations have collaborated to host the holiday celebration. “From our organizational outset, The War Memorial has operated as a regional base to honor and support generations of Michigan military veterans,” said The War Memorial’s President and CEO, Charles Burke. “Programs and partnerships like 1000 Christmas Salutes are an affirmation of our commitment to continuously expand upon that duty, and to extend our gratitude to the families that have stepped up to serve.”

Guests of all ages will enjoy an upscale dining experience, screenings of The Polar Express, live musical performances, photos with Santa, and the holiday ambiance of a merry and bright historic Alger House. The War Memorial serves as a connective venue for communities in southeastern Michigan, and often hosts events honoring the sacrifices of servicemembers.

“We can’t say thank you often enough,” said Wins for Warriors Executive Director & CEO Christie Williams. “1000 Christmas Salutes is a holiday event in a year-round effort to raise awareness in our communities, and mobilize support around incredible military families.”

Because space is limited, pre-registration is required to guarantee seating. Reservations can be made at www.warmemorial.org/holidays, or by calling 313.881.7511. The War Memorial is located at 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms.

 


About The War Memorial

The War Memorial, located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is a legacy-filled institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality and connectivity. Situated on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, The War Memorial serves an estimated 200,000 individuals with over 2,000 functions annually, including programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, The War Memorial is a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan with a mission to be a patriotic, cultural, and community leader.


About Wins for Warriors Foundation 

Founded by Justin Verlander, the mission of Wins for Warriors Foundation is to empower United States military veterans and their families by strengthening collaboration and raising positive awareness in our communities. They do this through providing family bonding events and activities, and are also working to create a resource center to help navigate the many resources and benefits available to the military and veteran community. Headquartered in Detroit, Wins for Warriors Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity. They have also recently expanded to Houston, TX in order to provide assistance to military and veteran families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. To get involved, make a tax-deductible donation and learn more, visit www.winsforwarriors.org and follow @winsforwarriors.


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The War Memorial Presents a New Season of Arts at the Alger 

Performers warm up winter days January through March with jazz, classical, cabaret, Broadway and opera at The War Memorial

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MI – The War Memorial presents its signature performing arts series, Arts at the Alger, featuring a complete season of diverse musical performances, accompanied by first-class dining experiences in the lakefront ballroom.

“Arts at the Alger brings together top-shelf artists from the United States and abroad, presenting wide-ranging performances that entertain, elevate, and inspire,” said Brooks Hoste, The War Memorial’s Senior Director of Community Engagement.

This winter, audiences will be transported through the passion of an operatic ensemble, the dynamism of Broadway showtunes, and the energy of rockabilly and jazz, all while surrounded by the comforts and cuisine of The War Memorial hospitality.

“The War Memorial stands out as a unique venue, because we’re able to combine multiple forms of art to create truly memorable experiences. In this case, we’re joining the musical and culinary arts,” said Hoste. “Both music and food are extremely personal, but they’re communal, too — we enjoy them inwardly, but also yearn to share the experience, the sounds, and the flavors with friends and loved ones. It’s a pleasure to offer this caliber of dual-programming through Arts at the Alger.”

Four main events form the Winter portion of Arts at the Alger. Three Sunday brunch concerts, one monthly from January through March, will allow audiences to experience everything from jazz (acclaimed clarinet virtuoso Dave Bennett) to cabaret (trio Edisong) to classical chamber music (Detroit Symphony Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster Hai Xin Wu and friends). An abundant brunch precedes each concert, including bottomless mimosas. Patrons who purchase tickets to multiple brunch concerts will benefit from a subscription discount.

Audiences will also be thrilled by one very special evening concert as The War Memorial and Michigan Opera Theatre partner to present Sing to Love, featuring the MOT Studio Artists. This perennial favorite showcases resident artists of the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio – soprano, Monica Dewey; mezzo-soprano, Briana Elyse Hunter; tenor, Michael Day; baritone, Harry Greenleaf; and baritone, Jeff Byrnes. The MOT Studio Artists represent some of the most exciting emerging talent in opera today, under the guidance of MOT’s Director of Resident Artist Programs, American tenor, Richard Leech, and Studio Principal coach and accompanist, Tessa Hartle. These young opera professionals will perform gems from the opera and Broadway stages, Silver Screen favorites, as well as a peek at a wonderful new work, 27, by acclaimed contemporary composer Ricky Ian Gordon.

Sing to Love will feature a gourmet multi-course dinner, specialty cocktails, impeccable service, and a breathtakingly elegant atmosphere. Limited tickets are also available for the concert only.

“Michigan Opera Theatre is thrilled to partner with The War Memorial once again for this special event,” said Richard Leech. “It has quickly become a favorite of our patrons and artists alike. Great food, glorious singing, and a spectacular setting. What else could one ask for?”


Arts at the Alger Winter Brunch Series
January 28 - Dave Bennett (Jazz)

11 am Brunch
12:30 pm Performance

February 11 - Edisong with Bonnie Brooks, Dorothy Duensing, and Wes Fishwick (Cabaret)
11 am Brunch
12:30 Performance

March 18 - Hai Xin Wu, Hai Xin Wu, Zhihua Tang, Caen Thomason-Redus, and Kristi Crago (Classical)
11 am Brunch
12:30 pm Performance

One-Night Only Dinner and Concert
The War Memorial and Michigan Opera Theatre present Sing to Love
February 3
Doors open at 5:30pm
Dinner at 6pm
Performance at 7pm

Arts at the Alger is presented by the generous support of Valerie and Patrick Moran.

Tickets, subscriptions, and additional details including full menu, available via warmemorial.org/arts or by calling 313.881.7511.


About The War Memorial

The War Memorial, located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is a legacy-filled institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality and connectivity. Situated on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, The War Memorial serves an estimated 200,000 individuals with over 2,000 functions annually, including programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, The War Memorial is a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan with a mission to be a patriotic, cultural, and community leader.


Media Contact

Kara Noto
Director of Media & Communication
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313.332.4053

 


Veterans Day at The War Memorial Honors Community Heroes 

The Patriot Initiative distributes $15,000 in grant funds to non-profits serving Michigan veterans, Wins for Warriors announces a return to The War Memorial with 1000 Christmas Salutes

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MI - Hundreds of veterans and active duty servicemembers will gather at The War Memorial for a Veterans Day breakfast and celebration of military service Friday, November 7, 2017. The event is one of numerous servicemember centric programs hosted by The War Memorial throughout the year.

Friday’s program includes the presentation of thank you notes handmade by local students, an uplifting service song medley, remarks from area veterans, and a short film presentation highlighting patriotic programs recently held at The War Memorial. Veterans Breakfast, and offers a space for local servicemembers to reconnect at The War Memorial for the camaraderie of a meal together. 

The breakfast program will also feature the presentation of $15,000 in grant funding to local non-profits working with Michigan veteran populations. The War Memorial’s Patriot Initiative will announce 2017 grant recipients, and three metro-Detroit non-profits - Cass Community Services, Fallen and Wounded Soldier Fund, and Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs - will each receive a $5,000 grant for high-value social impact services supporting Michigan veterans.

“The Patriot Initiative doubled down on our financial commitment this year, increasing our grant amount from $2,500 in 2016 up to $5,000 per grant this year” said Thomas Smith, Patriot Initiative Committee Co-Chairman, “These grants demonstrate our ongoing commitment to local servicemembers and first responders, and our willingness to partner with local non-profits to further amplify the difference they make in the lives of servicemembers in need.” 

The Patriot Initiative serves as a philanthropic arm of The War Memorial’s mission, honoring the legacy of our veterans and the freedoms their service provides. In addition to grants presented, The Patriot Initiative sponsors a series of events for servicemembers on The War Memorial Campus.

“In addition to the variety of cultural and community programs offered at The War Memorial, we never lose sight of our organizational origins, and the gravity of the patriotic component of our mission.” Said Charles Burke, President and CEO of The War Memorial “Every name on the memorial plaques in our front entrance, and every veteran that comes onto campus, renews The War Memorial’s pledge to honor the sacrifices associated with service.”

Near-term programming will include:

  • This Americana Lecture
    November 11, 2017 @ 11 AM

    US Navy Captain Richard Allison presents Begging for Chocolates: A Story of WWII Italy.

  • 1000 Christmas Salutes in partnership with Wins for Warriors Foundation
    December 17, 2017 @ 11-:30 AM to 7 PM (timed tickets)

A holiday experience specifically for metro-Detroit military families. Together with the Wins for Warriors Foundation, The War Memorial will present festive fare, charming crafts, and visits with Santa himself. Founded by Justin Verlander, the Wins For Warriors Foundation honors those who serve and those who have served through a variety of programs and special events.

 


About The War Memorial

The War Memorial, located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is a legacy-filled institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality and connectivity. Situated on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, The War Memorial serves an estimated 200,000 individuals with over 2,000 functions annually, including programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, The War Memorial is a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan with a mission to be a patriotic, cultural, and community leader.


Media Contact

Kara Noto
Director of Media & Communication
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
313.332.4053