CALUMET - Veterans Day is Sunday, and to help honor those who have served, local veterans' organizations are bringing in a distinguished speaker with local ties to an annual dinner at the National Guard Readiness Center in Calumet.
Lt. Col. Joseph Snow, a 1975 graduate of Calumet High School, served 31 years in the U.S. Air Force in both enlisted and officer ranks. His career includes numerous operational and staff assignments and five deployments to Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq, and an exchange tour with the British Royal Air Force. He is a distinguished graduate of Undergraduate Navigator Training, Lead-in Fighter Training, USAF Fighter Weapons School and Air Ground Operations School. He is a master navigator with 2,180 flying hours primarily in F-111/A/D/E/F/G aircraft and RAF Tornado GR1.
"Participating in this event is an opportunity to come home and share my thoughts on Veterans Day based on my experiences in the U.S. Air Force," Snow said.
"My views have evolved throughout the years influenced by my dad who served 20 years in the Air Force and quietly instilled in me a sense of patriotism. ... Coming home this Veterans Day will be different. It will be the first time that I won't be able to tell my dad 'Thanks for serving.' He passed away two weeks after I retired," he added.
Tickets for Sunday's event, which includes a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., roast beef dinner at 6 and program to follow, must be purchased in advance by Thursday.
The $12 tickets can be purchased from Joe Finch (289-4760), Art Sakkinen (337-3530), Pete Capello (337-1531) and Gene LaRochelle (337-1962).
"This year we honor all U.S. Air Force veterans, especially those who served with the 655th Radar Squadron at the Gratiot Lake Radar Station," said LaRochelle.