Muskegon Employees Volunteer to Create Veteran’s Memorial

Consumers Energy employees from the Muskegon Service Center and leaders across Muskegon County celebrated the dedication Oct. 23 of a new public gathering area honoring the county’s veterans.

The gathering area is adjacent to Muskegon County’s Department of Veterans Affairs near downtown. It features a new flag pole, bench with a memorial plaque and landscaping. Consumers Energy purchased the materials and employees donated their time along with local veterans to complete the work this fall. Lakeshore Field Manager Val Guttowsky and Muskegon County Board of Commissioners Chairman Ken Mahoney presided at the dedication.

“Our company has had a long and positive relationship with our veterans. Over our 125 years of serving Michigan, a good number of our employees have been returning veterans,” Guttowsky said.

“Others, including some of our current employees, have taken time away from their jobs—and their families–to serve our country,” Guttowsky continued. “I can tell you that some of our most dedicated, hard-working employees are those who have served in the armed forces. We thank them not only for their service to our customers, but most importantly, for their service to our country.”

The dedication ceremony, attended by a dozen Consumers Energy employees and a host of Muskegon County elected and appointed officials, included a full military honor guard. The honor guard raised American and Muskegon County flags on the new pole, followed by the playing of Taps and a rifle salute.