The Lunch and Learn Workshop series will hit the road June 14 for a tour of the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Sponsored by a grant from the United Way of Lapeer and the Lapeer County Veterans Affairs office, the bus tour will depart the American Legion Post 16 in Lapeer at 10 a.m. and return 1:30 p.m.

“Many, many veterans and their spouses have said they didn’t realize they’re entitled to burial benefits,” said Edward L. Ronders, LCVA director. “And many, many veterans and their dependents have not seen this beautiful facility where our heroes are laid to rest.”

This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and in-ground burial of cremated remains. Cremated remains may be placed in the above ground columbarium wall.

Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met a minimum active duty service requirement and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. A Veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor dependent children, and under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran. (Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty, or were eligible for retired pay, may also be eligible for burial).

“This program follows our Lunch and Learn Theme for this year – Financial Stability for Veterans,” Ronders said. “Our presentation will focus on planning for burial and the importance of having a will to carry out your final wishes.”

An attorney will speak about wills and explain their importance and benefits of having one.

Reservations are on first come, first served basis. There is limited seating and reservations are required. Veterans and their spouses are eligible for the tour. Lunch is provided on the bus.

For reservations call 810-667-0256

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