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Patterson Orders Flag Displayed for Veterans Day

Public Date: 11/9/2012 12:10 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

Courthouse Flag​Pontiac, Michigan -- In honor of Veterans Day, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson directed the Facilities Management Department to drape a large American flag on the west wing of the Oakland County Circuit Court Building at 1200 N. Telegraph, Pontiac. The flag can be seen from northbound Telegraph as commuters approach the government campus.

"It's a simple but poignant way to honor our veterans - proudly display the American flag they've fought to defend," Patterson said.

The 30-foot by 60-foot banner will be on display until Tuesday morning.

In addition, residents are reminded of Patterson’s "Proud to be a Vet" campaign. He launched the "Proud to be a Vet" button campaign in 2010 following a touching Veterans Day experience he had with a server who thanked him for his service in the Army.

"When you see a veteran this Sunday, join me in thanking them for their service to our nation," Patterson said. "When it happened to me one Veterans Day, I had an unexpected lump in my throat. I want veterans everywhere to experience that same appreciation for their service.

"My 'Proud to be a Vet' campaign gives veterans the opportunity to let others know, in a very subtle way, that they proudly served their country in uniform," Patterson said.

For more information on Patterson's "Proud to be a Vet" initiative, go to

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