2018 event: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12 @ Cameron Priebe Plaza
The City of Taylor and the Taylor Veterans Museum Commission celebrates Armed Forces Day on a Saturday every May. Usually about 150 attend the event, which is held in the Cameron Priebe Plaza outside in front of the Taylor Police Department (but was moved indoors for 2015 and 2016 because of the weather).
While the event celebrates all veterans, each year the commission focuses on specific wars or eras. In 2016, it focused on Afghanistan- and Iraq-era campaign veterans. Each veteran of those campaigns -- or their families -- were awarded a medal and a letter from the City of Taylor.
This year's event will honor former U.S. Rep. John Dingell.
The veterans museum commission annually presents the event, and Stephanie Krueger served as the master of ceremonies. Museum Chairman Jack Meyers greeted those attending. After an invocation by Taylor Auxiliary Police Chaplain David Edwards, the National Anthem was sung by Michelle Pfeifer. St. Andrews Pipe & Drum Corp of Detroit's Jim Lyon served as the bag piper.
Various speakers are featured during the program. There is an official reading of deceased Taylor veterans' names each year, along with a wreath-laying and a playing of taps.
The Taylor Veterans Museum was established in 2009 and continues to flourish in the atrium of City Hall. It is free to visit, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Check the City of Taylor website and local newspapers for the date and time of the event each year.