The last two years Muskegon's veterans day commemoration happened in both snow and rain. But today was much nicer.
No matter the weather, Stephen Allen of Muskegon says it's good to gather with other veterans.
And especially at Muskegon's Veterans Memorial Park where so much has been improved. There are new banners recognize deployed servicemen and women from Muskegon County.
Allen says four years in the Air Force taught him, "what the flag is all about, what patriotism is all about."
Raymond J. Kostrzewa, Muskegon County 60th District Court Judge spoke to the crowd that gathered.
He focused his remarks on the Muskegon County Veterans Treatment Court. It works to heal wounds of war, while appropriately punishing veterans who commit crimes.
"We owe it to our veterans to serve them, they have earned the right to have a second chance," said Kostrzewa. "It is not a slap on the wrist, they are held accountable for their actions."
Kostrzewa also talked about a love for the American Flag. One his father demonstrated by placing an American flag on the side of their home on every national holiday.
"He would put that flag up there with great pride and I saw him do it year after year," said Kostrzewa.