PATRIOT DAY COMMEMORATION SET FOR THURSDAY, SEPT. 11
AT THE VETERAN’S MEMORIAL IN RESURRECTION CEMETERY
CLINTON TOWNSHIP— Former Marine Corporal Eric R. Calley will share his personal experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the 13th annual Clinton Township Patriot Day observation beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 11th. The program will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial in Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road between Garfield and Romeo Plank roads. The Veteran’s Memorial is in the southern portion of the cemetery.
Calley is vice president and co-founder of The Fight Continues, a national non-profit organization that helps veterans who suffer from PTSD. Experts think that PTSD occurs in about 11% to 20% of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and up to 30% of veterans of the Vietnam War. More information can be found at http://the-fight-continues.com/
Calley enlisted in the Marines in early 2002. He suffers from PTSD and will share his story and how The Fight Continues helps other veterans. Eric is the brother of Brian Calley, Lieutenant Governor of Michigan.
PTSD is a health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Symptoms sometime can last for months or even years and interfere with a person’s functioning. Clinton Township Supervisor Robert Cannon will officiate at the event, along with members of the Board of Trustees and Police and Fire/Rescue departments.
The event program will feature the Clinton Township Police Honor Guard, and Michael Gentry, Superintendent of Clinton Township’s Building Department and a United States Navy Vietnam veteran. Providing musical selections such as the National Anthem, God Bless America, and Battle Hymn of the Republic will be the Serenity Choir from St. Michael’s Church in Sterling Heights. Gathering music will commence at 6:45 p.m.
“Events like the 9-11 Patriot Day Commemoration help define the values and spirit of our residents and community,” says Cannon who will also offer concluding remarks during a candlelight ceremony at the event. “At the same time, no taxpayer monies are used to fund events like this in the township.”
Since returning to civilian life, Calley has suffered with PTSD, which inspired the formation of The Fight Continues. The organization’s primary goal is to “Create awareness of the effects war has had on military families. It also allows civilians to understand the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The Fight Continues offers services such as peer-to-peer counseling, recreational outings for military families, military family connection classes, and speaking engagements to spread their mission.
The Police Honor Guard is scheduled to open and close the evening’s activities.
The event is open to the public and guests are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets.