Patriotism

Published October 16, 2017

UTICA — On Oct. 10, the Utica City Council voted to make two separate parks out of the grassy area adjacent to Utica City Hall that, up until Dec. 13, 2016, had been colloquially called Memorial Park.

The site of the Veterans Memorial will now be called “Memorial Park.” The other portion of the grassy area will be called “Jacqueline K. Noonan Riverwalk Park.”

The compromise came after hours of back-and-forth during two Utica City Council meetings, as well as an ad hoc committee meeting and a Utica Downtown Development Authority meeting.

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Published October 10, 2017

WARREN — Navigating the myriad of services available for veterans through the various tiers of local, county, state and federal agencies can be overwhelming and exhausting.

However, there are resources that exist specifically to help veterans with that task. Many of them were assembled Oct. 2 at Macomb Community College in Warren, where about 60 vets had a chance to meet with the experts capable of offering needed guidance and assistance.

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Published September 22, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Selfridge Air National Guard Base provided safe refuge to nine evacuated military aircraft from Naval Air Station Jacksonville just days before Hurricane Irma struck southern Florida last week.

Officials with the 127th Wing, the host unit at Selfridge, announced just days after the arrival of the evacuated P-3 Orions and P-8 Poseidons on Sept. 8 that they had also prepared to aid in relief efforts in both Florida and Texas, which experienced catastrophic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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Published September 19, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Farmington Hills resident William Bollin, 70, can’t help but give honor where it’s due.

The Air Force Vietnam veteran, who served from 1964 to 1970, honors local veterans by arranging Honor Flight excursions through the Findlay, Ohio, Flag City Honor Flight Program. The latest flight was planned for Sept. 20. Veterans from the Brookdale Farmington Hills senior living facility and other metro Detroit veterans planned to take the trip.

Bollin said that other veterans living at Brookdale will be going on an Honor Flight in June.

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Published September 19, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — A number of blue star-shaped balloons flew throughout Heritage Park Sept. 9, dotting the area as a symbolic marker of its dedication as a Blue Star Memorial.

A blue star indicates that someone has a relative serving in the armed services.

The North Farmington Garden Club-sponsored marker, a large rock set near the entrance of the kid-friendly Nature Discovery Trail — just beyond the Nature Center — pays tribute to all U.S. armed forces servicemen and women. Michigan has 92 such markers.

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Published September 12, 2017

The Harper Woods community commemorated the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, with the unveiling and dedication ceremony for a new memorial to those who died on that day, and those who sprang into action to save others.

The memorial consists of a steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center embedded in a stone base with plaques explaining what happened on that day and dedicating the monument to the victims.

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Published September 11, 2017

On Sept. 11, dozens of community members gathered to remember the lives lost and the heroic actions taken in response to the terrorist attacks on that date in 2001.

Shelby Township Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo unveiled the new base for the township's Global War on Terror monument, now displaying the countries — Iraq and Afghanistan — where local soldiers fell, as well as the brand new Defense of the Homeland Memorial at the township municipal grounds.

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Published September 11, 2017

UTICA — At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, Nathaniel Squire, a Revolutionary War patriot who was one of the first people to settle the land that is now the city of Utica, will receive full military honors after 185 years at the Utica Cemetery.

Ten years of research have gone into proving that Squire is buried in the Utica Cemetery, since records do not reach that far back. The ceremony will include the unveiling of a memorial grave marker from the U.S. Department of Veterans, along with the pomp and circumstance associated with honoring military service.

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Published September 5, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A communitywide effort to build a Veterans Tribute on Adams Road, near Silverbell Road, has been an unqualified success, organizers said.

The $2.3 million project is $300,000 away from its fundraising goal.

“Most inspiring is the number of individuals that have contributed to this,” Tim Reese, tribute organizer, said. “Many have donated their time, professional expertise and funds.” 

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Published September 5, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, will never be forgotten, and each year, military members and Clinton Township officials make sure the day is remembered locally. 

This year marks the 16th annual Patriot Day, with a ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, on the grounds of Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road, in Clinton Township.

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Published September 4, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Sept. 11, 2001, affected the entire country, if not the whole world. Michigan was not exempt from the events of that dramatic day, and a new memorial will be installed in Harper Woods to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks and the first responders who sprang into action.

The memorial was created out of a 3-ton piece of rubble from the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and a steel beam from the same building. A dedication ceremony for the memorial will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at AMVETS Post No. 57 in Harper Woods.

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Published August 29, 2017

TROY — The Troy Public Library will observe Patriot Week with programs in September that explore the role the U.S. played in World War I and World War II.

Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren spearheaded Patriot Week in 2009 with his daughter, Leah, who was 10 at the time.

According to patriotweek.org, “Patriot Week renews America’s spirit by celebrating the first principles, founding fathers and other patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history.”

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Published August 10, 2017

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — There is no shortage of military expertise in the 127th Wing of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

On Aug. 9, numerous servicemen provided members of the media with the ride of a lifetime: a nearly four-hour round-trip trek from the base in Harrison Township to a Grayling-Alpena training area and back.

Col. Jim Rossi and Col. Michael Urban were the flight’s pilots. Manning the cockpit was nothing new for either of them, as they have 28 and 14 years of experience, respectively, between them.

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Published August 10, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — It’s finally time: Pulse-pumping, high-flying aerial acrobats will be booming over Macomb County during the Selfridge Open House and Air Show Aug. 19-20.

Marking the 100th anniversary of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 Demonstration Team will be this year’s headliner during the show.

Brig. Gen. John Slocum said the public is invited to join in celebrating a century of military aviation.

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