Mackinaw City, Chamber, American Legion Post 159 Partner to Welcome Veteran Marine Walking for Important Cause

This year the Village of Mackinaw City, the Greater Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce, and the American Legion Post 159 have partnered to welcome a special guest of honor, an

Travis Snyder, Marine Veteran walks 300 miles from Holland to Mackinaw City for Veteran Mental Health Awareness

Afghanistan Veteran, as he concludes a 300-mile awareness walk and arrives in Mackinaw City. His name is Travis Snyder, a Marine, and he will be completing the final leg of a 300-mile hike from Holland to Mackinaw City in an effort he coordinated to bring awareness to Veteran suicide and mental health.

Although Snyder does not officially arrive at his destination in Mackinaw City until Sunday, a volunteer Chamber of Commerce Ambassador will transport him from the neighboring community of Pellston on Saturday to participate as the Grand Marshall in the 31st Annual Corvette Crossroads ‘Vette Parade Across the Mighty Mac and drive him back afterward to complete the last 22 miles of his hike. Disabled Veteran Corvette Owner Jeremy Merecki was selected to drive Mr. Snyder and lead the parade in his 2011 Inferno Orange Convertible.

Mr. Snyder will complete his hike and officially arrive to Mackinaw City on Sunday where he will be formally welcomed by the Village of Mackinaw City and American Legion Post 159. Post Command will provide a presentation and present a check for Mr. Snyder’s cause, Mission 22 (for details visit The presentation is scheduled for Sunday, August 30, at 4:00 pm in the Legion lawn at 106 S Huron Ave. Public is invited to attend. “I am excited to see the community come together in creative ways to support this young Veteran and his important cause,” says Scott Newman, Mackinaw City Village President.

For those wishing to participate in the Corvette Parade Across the Mighty Mac on Saturday, August 29th, Parade staging begins at Odawa Casino (1080 S. Nicolet St. Mackinaw City, MI 49701) at 6pm. Spectators can enjoy the show and cheer on the ‘Vettes (and Vets) at 7pm along the parade route- South Huron Ave. to Central Avenue, right on Nicolet to the Mackinac Bridge.

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