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Patterson Honors Veterans with Flag and Buttons

Public Date: 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has directed the county's Facilities Management Department to drape a large American flag on the west wing of the Oakland County Circuit Court building at 1200 North Telegraph in Pontiac in honor of Veterans Day. The flag will be displayed from now until Monday, November 14.

"There is no one who has earned more respect than our veterans who have sacrificed their families, lives and careers in order to defend our freedom," said Patterson. "As you drive up Telegraph, this flag will serve as a reminder of the honor our veterans deserve."

The flag is the same one Patterson had draped on the west wing of the Oakland County Circuit Court building on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In addition, Patterson wants veterans all over Michigan to be recognized for their service in uniform. His "Proud to be a Vet" and "Hug a Vet" buttons, which were announced during his 2011 State of the County address, are available online at The idea behind the buttons stems from an encounter Patterson had last Veterans Day at an Auburn Hills restaurant where a waitress thanked him for his service in the Army. The complete story is on the website.

Finally, Patterson encourages residents to attend the Veterans Day ceremony at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road in Holly, at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 11. Oakland County's Director of Public Services Michael Zehnder, who oversees the county's Veterans’ Services Division and was responsible for bringing the national cemetery to Michigan, will be the keynote speaker.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer, at (248) 858-1048.