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Published May 23, 2017

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON — Members of the community will have many activities available over Memorial Day weekend May 27-29 to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces.

Memorial Day parade

The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade will step off at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Lincoln Avenue and Main Street.

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Published May 17, 2017

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — Roseville and Eastpointe will hold their Memorial Day parades May 29 to honor those who served and died for their country.

Roseville’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. with floats, bands from the middle schools and high school, and local dignitaries. The parade route will begin on Common Road east of Utica Road and head east on Common to Roseville City Hall. There will be a ceremony following the parade at around 11 a.m.

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Published May 17, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — What had once been a single day of reflection and remembrance has now expanded into a week’s worth of activities dedicated to honoring and serving veterans and their families.

The War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms will be celebrating new military enlistees during Our Community Salutes May 23; raising funds for organizations that serve veterans during the gala An Evening of Red, White and Blue May 25; and saluting fallen veterans during the time-honored tradition that is the annual Memorial Day service May 29.

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Published May 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Summer will unofficially begin at 1 p.m. May 28 when the 65th St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade steps off at Nine Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue.

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Published May 17, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In line with Memorial Day’s purpose to pay tribute to those who died in the line of duty, Shelby Township and local churches will hold special Memorial Day events.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28, Shelby Township will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at the veterans memorial located on the municipal grounds at 5270 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road.

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Published May 16, 2017

FARMINGTON — On April 29, the last day of the Winter Artisan Market, two Miss Farmington 2017 contestants dug up and chucked dirt to make way for potted purple and green coral bells.  

On that crisp morning, friends Taylor Terry, 16, and Jillian Dutch, 17, alongside Terry’s father, Mark Terry, helped spruce up the Farmington Masonic Lodge 151, 23715 Farmington Road. They did it to honor past and present veterans and to beautify the lodge. About seven Miss Farmington contestants helped out.

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Published May 16, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Summer is nearly here.

If you have any doubts, just head to Old Woodward this Sunday for the return of the annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade. The unofficial summer kickoff event will be back downtown with music, marchers and, of course, the famed basset hounds.

City Clerk Cherilynn Brown, who’s been in office just a short five weeks, jumped right into organizing the popular parade, which has been a tradition for more than 40 years.

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Published May 6, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — What’s old is becoming new again.

That was a repeated sentiment about Selfridge Air National Guard Base during Brig. Gen. John Slocum’s May 1 town hall meeting at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library.

Phil Rode, of the Clinton Township Kiwanis, one of the sponsors of the town hall along with the Macomb YMCA, said that as a lifelong resident of Macomb County, he recalls the feelings of excitement he would get whenever he’d hear a Selfridge jet fly through the air.

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Published April 19, 2017

HARPER WOODS — AMVETS Post No. 57 in Harper Woods will be hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Thursday, April 20, to benefit a memorial honoring the first responders who were on duty during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Published April 19, 2017

UTICA — As an unenforceable gesture of gratitude, the Utica City Council during its April 11 meeting unanimously approved the installation of metal parking signs to denote veterans-only parking spots at four locations.

One sign will be installed at Utica City Hall, one at Grant Park, one at Heritage Park and one in the public parking lot behind the Utica Fire Department.

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Published March 29, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — Military veterans who attend Macomb Community College will now have additional support.

On March 20, school officials held a dedication ceremony to officially open the school’s new Office of Veteran and Military Services, housed at South Campus in Warren.

The new office is located in Room 207 of G Building and will serve as a primary point of contact for veterans and active service members who are MCC students. The new office also can be used as a gathering and meeting space for veterans. All branches of the military are welcome.

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Published March 28, 2017

FRASER — On March 20, at Fraser VFW Post 6691, a group of Gold Star mothers and dozens of veterans were in attendance to commemorate the significance of the Vietnam War. A commemorative lapel pin was given to each veteran who served on active duty anytime between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975.

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Published March 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Scheduled for rain or shine at 11 a.m. May 29 at Eastpointe City Hall, the Eastpointe Memorial Day parade will take place to honor those who gave their lives for this country.

During the Eastpointe City Council meeting March 7, Mayor Suzanne Pixley explained what the committee is looking for.

“We’re looking for people who are descendants of the Civil War. Memorial Day was set aside as a day to recognize people who lost their life during the Civil War,” said Pixley.

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Published March 13, 2017

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WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — A showcase of automotive history will get a new home in the birthplace of the “Arsenal of Democracy” with the unanimous approval of the Warren City Council.

John Lind, of Shelby Township, will bring his Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum to a new home in Warren’s Veterans Memorial Park. The founder of the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum said he was “excited and blessed to be part of the Warren family” after City Council’s Feb. 28 approval of a 99-year lease of land in the park to the organization.

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Published March 8, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Seventy-three years after he entered the service at the age of 18, a St. Clair Shores veteran has been honored by the city for his efforts during World War II.

Robert Haffner, who has lived in St. Clair Shores since 1956, served in the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. Stationed in France, Germany and other locations in central Europe, Haffner was awarded the French Legion of Honour medal during a ceremony in Southfield this past Veterans Day. 

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Published February 23, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Selfridge Air National Guard Base is one of two military sites being considered by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force as the permanent home for the F-35 Lightning II air fighter.

If the Harrison Township-located base is chosen, the advantages for not just Macomb County, but the entire state of Michigan, will be long-reaching.

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Published February 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After five years of looking at two mismatched picture frames sporting names on construction paper of Shelby Township residents who are serving in the military, Deputy Clerk Brian Fairbrother decided he wanted to do something more.

An elegant wooden plaque crafted by MPC Awards will replace the old Wall of Honor inside the Township Hall lobby, directly across from the Clerk’s Office. Fairbrother and Shelby Township Veteran Events Coordinator Phil Randazzo have partnered to get the word out.

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Published February 14, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Nick Luxon still remembers the horrible pain from when he fell victim to a trap in Vietnam.

A sergeant in the 4th Infantry Division during the war, he was dropped into a landing zone that turned out to be booby-trapped with pungi stakes — bamboo slices that were soaked in excrement to cause serious infections.

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Published February 14, 2017

WARREN — When Warren Mott High School graduate Marcus Bawol was killed while serving in the military two years ago, students and staff paid tribute to him by creating a Wall of Honor in his memory.

A showcase in a school hallway features photos of the late service member, his school jacket, medals and an American flag.

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Published February 8, 2017

DETROIT — Being almost 500 miles from the nearest ocean, it’s not often that Detroit sees a large naval presence, but that will change as the city hosts Navy Week from Monday, Aug. 28, to Monday, Sept. 4.

Detroit will be one of 15 cities to host a Navy Week in 2017, a weeklong celebration of the United States’ naval forces and a demonstration of what the Navy does and why. Dozens of current service members in the Navy, as well as a number of veterans, will be at the event to demonstrate their abilities, assist with programs and answer questions.

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