Patriotism

Published October 31, 2015

ROSEVILLE — For years, Roseville Community Schools has invited military veterans for a special breakfast on Veterans Day to honor their service, though that tradition has a new hiccup in tracking down veterans since the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall closed.

“We’re having a real problem finding any vets with the VFW office closing,” Superintendent John Kment said at a special school board meeting Oct. 26. “We are still sending out invitations, but I’m not sure we’re going to have a lot of people.”

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Published October 30, 2015

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DETROIT — Huge crowds routinely turn out in the chilly November air to cheer colorful floats, marching bands and enormous balloons that line Woodward Avenue for America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

The spectator turnout is nowhere near as robust when thousands of veterans, their family members, friends and supporters parade down Jefferson Avenue on the Saturday before Veterans Day.

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Published October 30, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Around 500 airmen from the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base returned recently from a half-year deployment in Asia.

According to Selfridge Brig Gen. John D. Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing, the airmen have been filtering home over the past several weeks, with the largest contingency returning to Michigan over the Oct. 22-24 weekend, with 10 jets and pilots returning on Oct. 22 and the majority of the airmen coming home on Oct. 24. Another group of 50 airmen returned at the end of October.

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Published October 28, 2015

Organizers of local Veterans Day events are lining things up in formation in order to show appreciation to people who have served in the military.

The city of Sterling Heights will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Sterling Heights Recreation Center, located at 40620 Utica Road in Dodge Park.

According to Community Relations Director Bridget Doyle, the city teams up with the Sterling Heights Community Foundation and local veterans to present the ceremony.

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Published October 23, 2015

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CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP — History always lives at the Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township, but on Nov. 11, that will be a literal truth.

For a second straight year, patrons are invited to view the museum’s stunning display of vintage and antique vehicles, while at the same time honoring veterans and their families in attendance.

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Published September 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended, yet former soldiers never forget those who fought and those who were never seen again.


On Sept. 18, Resurrection Cemetery will for the first time host a 24-hour vigil to remember those who have fallen, those who continue to fight and those who still remain missing in action.


This is the 29th year of the event, though it’s the first time in that entire span that this particular vigil will be held in Clinton Township.

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Published September 12, 2015

Despite a steady downpour, dozens of people turned out for Shelby Township’s 9/11 memorial ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

The event included speeches by Shelby Township Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide and Shelby Township Fire Lt. Inspector Brian Werner, as well as a performance of “God Bless America” by a local singer.

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Published September 9, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — This year’s Patriot Day ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Veterans Memorial inside Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road. The memorial is located in the southern portion of the cemetery.


This year’s main speaker is Col. Daniel Furber, currently a project manager for transportation systems in the U.S. Army. He will speak about his service in both Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

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Published September 9, 2015

In an effort to aid U.S. troops — both stateside and overseas — the Michigan Military Moms group is collecting items for care packages to ship to soldiers from Michigan.

Merrill Griffin, president of Michigan Military Moms, said the group plans to send more than 100 care packages.

The care package drive will be held at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery through Sept. 18.

Some of the items requested include the following snack foods in individual-sized packages:

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Published August 27, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Hugh McLeod is a self-proclaimed “army brat” who learned the military lifestyle through his father.


McLeod, 41, is a physician assistant in the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion of the U.S. Army.


His career has taken various twists and turns in a figurative and literal sense, all starting with following in his dad’s footsteps.

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Published August 26, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The American Legion Groves-Walker Post 346, of Farmington, along with the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, will honor and remember the fallen during the annual 9/11 Patriot Day ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Walter Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park, in downtown Farmington.

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Published August 18, 2015

Emma “Big Mama” Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, died at Heartland of West Bloomfield Aug. 16. She was 110 years old.
A mother of five, Didlake outlived her children and her husband.

On July 17, Didlake was escorted by members of Talons Out Honor Flight and her granddaughter, Marilyn Horne, of Farmington Hills, to Washington, D.C., where she met President Barack Obama and visited various national memorials.

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Published August 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum is still solidifying its events for the fall and winter, but it already has booked a series of guest speakers and planned a media sale.


President Chris Causley said that the museum’s upcoming slate will kick off with a book and media sale for two weekends in September. The sale will run Sept. 19-20 and 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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Published August 12, 2015

WARREN — World War II reached its bloody, climactic end in the Pacific on Aug. 14, 1945. The next day, the Allies celebrated victory over Japan and the cessation of hostilities that had claimed tens of millions of lives.

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Published August 10, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A “tribute to our armed forces and their families” is planned for Aug. 19 at Veterans Memorial Park.


Lac Ste Claire Kiwanis will host a Military Memorial Concert to raise money for several military support groups beginning at 7 p.m. at the park, located on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard, with the Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps as well as honor guards representing each branch of service.

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Published August 10, 2015

WARREN — Military veterans in need of mental health services are encouraged to attend a mental health summit Aug. 13 at Macomb Community College’s South Campus.

The Detroit VA Healthcare System’s Mental Health Services will hold “Making the VA Work for You” in K Building from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. South Campus is located at 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren. All military branches are welcome.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published July 24, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Roseville resident Bill Palmer served as a medic with the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II, but it was not until his 90th birthday July 17 at his Roseville home that he received formal recognition for his life-saving efforts during the 1940s.


Palmer was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, the son of a Canadian man and a Roseville-raised mother. He said that when Canada declared war on Germany in September 1939, he went to Windsor to enlist and lied about his age so that they would accept him despite being only 16.

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Published July 22, 2015

Two fire trucks honored Emma Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, with a water cannon salute as she departed from Oakland County International Airport to meet the president the morning of July 17.

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Published May 27, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The scene at the city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony was nothing short of picturesque as the sun cascaded over a group of residents, veterans and city officials who congregated to remember the nation’s fallen soldiers.

At 9 a.m. May 22 on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road, attendees took an hour out of their day to celebrate Memorial Day — the federal holiday designed to remember the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

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