Local Veterans Honored at Hometown Heroes Event

A well-deserved welcome, one that many had to wait years for.

For three years now, local veterans have been given the chance to tour our area’s monuments and memorials, built to honor those who served our country.

Wednesday morning, more than 120 veterans got on BATA buses for the Hometown Heroes event.

They went around and saw all the monuments.

Then there was a special ceremony at Veterans Memorial City Park.

Lunch was hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City.

“Just turn around and look and see all the people here they turned out for one thing, thank you,” said Bill Morse, WWII Veteran.

“Even though I’ll be 90 pretty soon, to be able to celebrate this with my 96-year-old brother and my son John who is in part of the crowd today, is a great feeling,” said Jim Morse, Vietnam Veteran.

The event is put on by the Grand Traverse County Senior Center and Reynolds-Jonkhoff funeral home.