BENEFIT CONCERT FOR DURAND VETERANS' RELIEF FUND AND DURAND UNION STATION, INC.
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THE 2019 LINEUP
Blair Smith - Rod Bradley - Rick Bowden
Josh Cooney - Terry Newman - Lee Napier
Matt Liestenfeltz - Dave Wasielewski - Debbie Love
Pat Carmody - Jim Chamberlain - Kathy VanKuren
Gary Sager - Mike Jones - Mark McKay - Bob Sager
The Durand Veterans of Rock 'n Roll are a group of community members and local musicians that come together once a year to throw a benefit concert for Durand, its veterans, and its community. The event started in 2017, raising funding for the Veterans' Memorial Park in Downtown Durand. 2018 saw the concert move to Bancroft, on the grounds of the new Welcome Home Veterans' Center.
2019 sees the concert move back to Durand and intends to be the biggest yet, hosted at Durand High School's Roundhouse Stadium. The beneficiaries of this year's event are Durand VFW Post 2272's Veterans' Relief Fund and Durand Union Station.
The Veterans' Relief Fund is used to provide financial assistance to veterans in need in the Durand area. Durand Union Station, or "the Depot," is the 115-year old icon of the city. Durand and its famous depot were the epicenter of railroading in Michigan from the early 1900s until the 1960s. From then, the Depot was in danger of being lost to the wrecking ball before being saved by the citizens of Durand. Today, restoration and operation is handled by Durand Union Station, Inc., a 501(c)3 dedicated to the cause, as well as operating the Michigan Railroad History Museum inside.
While the Durand Veterans of Rock 'n Roll Concert was and is the brainchild of Greg Martin and Bob Sager, a committee of engaged community members now works to make each year's edition as memorable as the last.