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Local Voices: Thank you, Walmart, for remembering our fallen heroes


Submitted by Maureen Grady-Perovich, Village Trustee

Walmart and their associates went out of their way to recognize our fallen heroes this past Saturday, May 27, ahead of Memorial Day. I thank them for reaching out to Dana Tatgenhorst about partnering with the Lansing Police Department, the Lansing Fire Department, and the Lansing American Legion #697 to provide a truly amazing tribute!

Walmart Front End Coach Vanh Thongsawath (front row, right) organized a recognition event for first responders and veterans on the Saturday before Memorial Day. (Photo: Victor Mancha, Vanh’s son)
Members of Lansing’s American Legion Post 697 participated in the Memorial Day event organized by the Lansing Walmart on the Saturday before Memorial Day. (Photo: Victor Mancha, Vanh’s son)

Walmart donated beautiful poppy pins to everyone who attended the event. These will be worn proudly. They also had a poppy jar for donations, and associates and patrons contributed generously. That money will be given to our Legion Auxiliary who will spend it wisely to benefit our community.

Beautiful photos of our Legion Riders and first responders were taken at the Saturday event, and Walmart had them mounted in time to present to the Riders at Sunday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Lansing Veterans Memorial. Those photos will be displayed with honor at Lansing American Legion Post 697.

I would also like to say thank you to Walmart for bringing more American flag pins and poppy pins to the event on Sunday! And to Pastor Dave Price from First United Methodist Church who said a prayer of blessing at the event on Saturday. It TRULY takes a village!

A special thank-you to Lansing Walmart Front End Coach Vanh Thongsawath, Store Manager Andrew Powers, the Walmart market team, and all the Walmart associates who participated on Saturday. It was an honor to meet you! We look forward to continued partnership here in Lansing.

Maureen Grady-Perovich

On Tuesday, May 30, Walmart presented the wreaths that had been used to decorate Saturday’s event to be shared with Lansing’s American Legion. From left: Lajara Hoskin (also a Marine veteran), Store Manager Andrew Powers, Village Trustee Maureen Grady-Perovich, Erica Morris, Front End Coach Vanh Thongsawath, Samantha Simpson, and Jalen Lee (also an Army veteran). (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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