General Motors supports our Armed Forces and their families!  Darryl Worley Concert,  $25,000 Grant for Operation Homefront, GM Drive and Ride and much much more…all this weekend!

 

Detroit area – Looking for something to do this weekend?  It’s not too late to get in on the fun! GM continues its week of action-packed fun-filled activities just for you and your family commemorating Detroit’s War of 1812 bicentennial!

Here’s just a portion of what’s going on:

GM’s Military Discount program will sponsor a free concert by country music artist Darryl Worley from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, on the RenCen plaza stage. Worley has performed for troops here and overseas. A 2002 visit to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan helped inspire his No. 1 hit “Have You Forgotten?” He has returned to perform for troops nine times since then.

Worley has been honored with the VFW’s Americanism Award, the USO Merit Award and the U.S. Army Appreciation Award.

Before Worley takes the stage, the GM Foundation will present Operation Homefront with a $25,000 grant to help it provide emergency financial and other assistance to Michigan families of service members and wounded warriors.

All week, active, reserve and retired military members and spouses can learn more about GM’s military discounts and enter the Seize the Keys Camaro Sweepstakes. They and members of the public can be photographed with specially painted military vehicles and test-drive a new vehicle.

Free public tours of four Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships at the Renaissance Center, Port Authority and Nicholson Terminal include:

  • US Brig Niagara: A Tall Ship replica of the original that played a decisive role in the Battle of Lake Erie (Renaissance Center)
  • USS Hurricane: The third Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship, commissioned in 1993 (Port Authority)
  • USCGC Katmai Bay: A 140-foot Bay-class icebreaking tug used for Homeland Security patrols and law enforcement (Port Authority)
  • USS De Wert: A Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate named after Hospitalman Richard De Wert, posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism while serving with the 7th Marines during the Korean War. It was reported last year that the USS De Wert – during anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean – helped rescue the Italian vessel Montecristo from Somali pirates (Nicholson Terminal, with required shuttles from the Port Authority).

A fifth ship, the HMCS Ville de Quebec, will dock in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It is a Halifax-class frigate serving in the Canadian armed forces.

Friday, Sept. 7

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Military Festival including GM ride-and-drive, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) display (noon-5 p.m.), Chevrolet Corvette display, GM RenCen

10:45-11 a.m., 1:45-2 p.m., 2:30-2:45 p.m.: U.S. Coast Guard Drill Team (precision rifle display), GM RenCen Plaza Stage area

11 a.m.-1:45 p.m.: USMC Ceremonial Brass Band and Brass Band Concert, GM RenCen Plaza Stage

Noon-4 p.m.: USS Hurricane public tours

1-6 p.m.: USCGC Katmai Bay public tours

Noon-7 p.m.: US Brig Niagara and USS De Wert public tours

2-2:30 p.m.: U.S. Coast Guard search-and-rescue demonstration in front of GM RenCen on the Detroit River

4-6 p.m.: Horizon (pop music), GM RenCen Plaza Stage

6 p.m.: USS Hurricane departs for Battle of Lake Erie Anniversary

Saturday, Sept. 8

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Military Festival including GM ride-and-drive, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) display (noon-6 p.m.), Chevrolet Corvette vehicle display, GM RenCen

11-11:15 a.m., 1:45-2 p.m., 2:30-2:45 p.m.: U.S. Coast Guard Drill Team (precision rifle display), GM RenCen Plaza Stage area

11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.: Navy Band Great Lakes Show Band, GM RenCen Plaza Stage

Noon-4 p.m.: USS De Wert public tours

Noon-5 p.m.: USCGC Katmai Bay public tours

2-2:30 p.m.: U.S. Coast Guard search-and-rescue demonstration in front of GM RenCen on the Detroit River

6-7:30 p.m.: Darryl Worley concert sponsored by GM Military Discount program. Immediately prior to the concert, the GM Foundation will present a grant to Operation Homefront

 

 

Sunday, Sept. 9

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Military Festival including GM ride-and-drive, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) display (noon-3 p.m.), Chevrolet Corvette vehicle display, GM RenCen

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: US Brig Niagara public tours

11-11:15 a.m., 2-2:15 p.m.: U.S. Coast Guard Drill Team (precision rifle display), GM RenCen area

Noon: USS Hurricane returns to Detroit

Noon-5 p.m.: USCGC Katmai Bay public tours

Noon-7 p.m.: USS De Wert public tours

 

 

Monday, Sept. 10

Noon: Ville de Quebec frigate departs Canada

9-10 a.m.: US Brig Niagara departs

1 p.m.: USCGC Katmai Bay, USS Hurricane depart

1:30 p.m.: USS De Wert departs

With nearly 5,000 military veteran employees, General Motors’ support for the United States armed forces spans generations. Today, Chevrolet assists Cell Phones for SoldiersAchilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, a variety of employment and grassroots initiatives, and is the Official Vehicle of the Army-Navy game. The GM Military Discount program offers the industry’s best discounts on most Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for active-duty, reserve and retired service members and their spouses. GM’s military community can be found on Facebook.

This information provided courtesy of GM.

http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2012/Aug/0827_war_1812.html

 

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