Veterans, first responders invited to get pleasure from free outside actions at Bay Metropolis State Park


BAY CITY, MI — A special event is being held this weekend to give veterans and their families the opportunity to spend some time outdoors in Bay County.

The sixth annual Veterans and First Responders Recovery Day event will be held on Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bay City State Park. The event is being hosted by Congressman Dan Kildee in partnership with Stateman Timothy Beson and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

At the event, veterans and first responders can join their families for free outdoor activities like biking, kayaking, fly fishing and spincasting. Local businesses will be on hand to provide recreational equipment and lunch.

Veteran and First Responder resources will be available, including Veteran Service Officers and Case Workers.

The event is an opportunity to thank veterans and first responders for their service while promoting their spiritual health. According to the Kildee office, studies have shown that recreational therapies, such as fishing and kayaking, help relieve the symptoms of PTSD.

Participants are encouraged to register online at or by phone at 810-238-8627.

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