Roundup of local Veterans Day programs

Published 9:20 am Tuesday, November 10, 2015

D-Day survivor Art Staymates highlights a list of several programs and events to be offered in the greater Niles area during the week of Veterans Day.

The 91-year-old Maryland man has been touring the country to talk about his experiences serving the United States during World War II, including on Omaha Beach on D-Day, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and, after the war, guarding high-ranking Nazis who were being tried for war crimes.



Staymates said he, and two fellow soldiers, made a pact 10 years ago to share their story.

“Somebody has to tell the story about the wonderful young men and women who did not get home,” he said.

Staymates will speak to the public at 7 p.m. today at the Buchanan High School auditorium. He will also speak at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Buchanan American Legion Post 51 during the legion’s Veterans Day program. Staymates will speak one more time at 7 p.m. Thursday at Michigan Lutheran High School in St. Joseph.

Other Veterans Day programs include:

• Niles American Legion Post 26 will host a Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial in Riverfront Park in Niles.

• Martin’s Super Market in Niles is offering a free meal to any active, inactive or retired veteran of any U.S. service branch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. All that is needed is to show a military identification card at checkout. Those without an ID will receive the free meal upon request. All veterans can also enter to win a free $50 Martin’s gift card.