2016 Veteran of the Year nominations due Oct. 6

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. (sixth from left) poses with past Veterans of the Year after last year’s Veterans Day ceremony. Lined up are Ken VanHooser (left), Ray Wantuck, Frank Pelaccio, Leo Barrett, Dan Ryder, John Bendzick, Lenny Pitek, Thomas Houle, George Harvey, John Ruselowski and Ted Gagacki. Nominations for the 2016 Veteran of the Year are due by Oct. 6.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. (sixth from left) poses with past Veterans of the Year after last year’s Veterans Day ceremony. Lined up are Ken VanHooser (left), Ray Wantuck, Frank Pelaccio, Leo Barrett, Dan Ryder, John Bendzick, Lenny Pitek, Thomas Houle, George Harvey, John Ruselowski and Ted Gagacki. Nominations for the 2016 Veteran of the Year are due by Oct. 6.

DEARBORN – The Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council is accepting nominations for the 2016-17 Dearborn Veteran of the Year award. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 6.

Nomination forms are available at the front desk of the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave., and at the American Legion Fort Dearborn Post 364, 3001 S. Telegraph Road.
The form will also be available online at www.cityofdearborn.org beginning Sept. 12.

The award is presented each Veterans Day to the Dearborn veteran judged to have made a significant contribution to the Dearborn community and to the interests of veterans.

Criteria apply to all nominations are:

• The nominee must be a Dearborn resident.
• Nominations can be made by Dearborn residents or Dearborn veterans’ organizations.
• The nominee’s community service work and work on behalf of veterans’ organizations must have been done only on a volunteer basis.
• Nominees do not need to be an active member of a Dearborn veterans’ organization but at-large nominations must contain proof of military service.

There have been 34 Veterans of the Year since the award was initiated by the DAWVC in 1982.

Veterans of the Year are remembered on an engraved wall plaque at the DAC.

Duties for the Veteran of the Year include providing remarks at the Veterans Day service and leading the Pledge of Allegiance at ceremonies on Memorial Day and Flag Day.

The award will be presented during the city’s Veterans Day ceremony, which is at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. The public is welcome.

For more information, call 313-943-2285.