Patriotism

Published November 3, 2016

TROY — Troy Police Lt. Russ Harden, the department’s honor guard commander, will step out of line when the honor guard files in for the Troy Veterans Day Ceremony. 

This year, Harden — a lieutenant colonel in the Michigan Army National Guard, 177th Military Police Brigade, based in Taylor, Michigan, where he’s served for 29 years — will emcee the ceremony. 

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Published November 2, 2016

DETROIT — Crowds gathered at the Detroit Riverwalk Oct. 22 for the commissioning of a U.S. Navy ship with a special connection to the city: its name. 

The event marked the official commissioning of the USS Detroit, the newest ship to enter into the United States’ naval fleet. Following the ceremony, its complement embarked on their first orders as members of the crew. It is a rarity for a ship to ever travel to its namesake city.

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Published November 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, Nov. 6, Shelby Township on its municipal grounds will host a 5K walk/run to honor and support local veterans, followed by a ceremony at the township’s memorial.

Registration for the run will open at 8 a.m. the day of the event, and the run will start at 10 a.m. The Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a special emphasis on the Fire and Police departments.

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Published October 26, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — For the second straight year, Baker College has been recognized for its commitment to veterans, service members and their dependents.

 The education institution was recently honored with a gold ranking for the second year in a row by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency’s Veteran-Friendly School Program. In its second year, the program recognizes various Michigan colleges and universities that aid military members and their families under the GI Bill.

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Published October 19, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Royal Park Hotel will host a fundraising kickoff event Nov. 10 for a new veterans tribute planned for the corner of Adams and Silverbell roads.

“This is an exciting event for Oakland Township,” Township Supervisor Terry Gonser said. He described the tribute’s design as “very unique.”

“We wanted a tribute, not a memorial,” Gonser said. “Glass panels and lighting, so it will glow at night to honor all veterans — past, present and future.”

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Published October 12, 2016

WARREN — A marker mounted outside at the Fitzgerald Recreation Center now pays homage to the building’s history as a place where members of the armed forces and their families gathered for special events, socialized and danced during World War II.

The Fitzgerald facility, built by the United Service Organizations and originally dedicated on Feb. 6, 1942, was one of three places in the Warren area where the USO hosted events. Local historians said it’s the only one that remains around here, and may in fact be one of just a few left anywhere in the state.

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Published October 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Beneath a clear blue sky, a group of approximately 100 people gathered to dedicate St. Lawrence Catholic Church’s newly finished veterans memorial, located in the historic St. Lawrence Cemetery.

The initiative started when Rick Lumetta, president of the St. Lawrence ushers ministry, attended a military funeral at the cemetery and noticed that there was nothing at the cemetery to memorialize veterans.

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Published October 1, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Maria Iafrate, 78, a permanent resident of the United States for 61 years who has lived in Roseville since 1960, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the United States Federal Courthouse in Detroit Sept. 29.

Before Iafrate could become a citizen, there were several things that she needed to do — she had to sign in and trade in her green card for her certificate of naturalization.

Judge Gershwin Drain swore in Iafrate and other new citizens.

“Today is a great day for you all,” he said.

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Published September 26, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society, located at 16600 Stephens Road, will host “Bikes in Wartime,” a presentation by Mike Unsworth, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. 

Unsworth, chairman of the Tri-County Bicycling Association’s Advocacy Committee and a retired Michigan State University history and Canadian studies librarian, will discuss the use of bikes by the military and civilians in wartime.

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Published September 26, 2016

EASTPOINTE — American Red Cross volunteer in Vietnam and “Donut Dolly” author Joann Puffer Kotcher is set to present her experiences during the Vietnam War, which she wrote down in a journal, at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Michigan Military Technical and Historical Society, 16600 Stephens Road.

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Published September 25, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base has been awarded the Meritorious Unit Award by the U.S. Air Force for its recent record of performance, both in and in support of combat operations.

The award includes a ribbon that all current members of the wing will be authorized to add to their uniforms.

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Published September 21, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Plans are firming up for a new Veterans Tribute that will be built on the corner of Adams and Silverbell roads.

“The tribute and site designs are complete,” Timothy Reese, one of three Oakland Township residents heading the tribute plan, said during a Sept. 13 presentation before the Oakland Township Board of Trustees.

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Published September 21, 2016

METRO DETROIT — Spouses and romantic partners of military members and veterans who have served since 9/11 might find themselves feeling anxious, depressed or isolated when their loved one is deployed or returning to civilian life after service.

Those feeling down and looking for support are encouraged to participate in a free eight-week program called HomeFront Strong. It is being offered through the University of Michigan Health Systems’ Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry, which is under the Military Support Programs and Networks and based in Ann Arbor.

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Published September 19, 2016

WARREN — Everyone is invited to join members of the Warren Historical Commission as they celebrate the city’s World War II-era ties to the United Service Organizations with a commemorative plaque dedication at the Fitzgerald Recreation Center on Oct. 1.

“We are dedicating a plaque that’s going to be permanently affixed to the building to recognize it as a former USO building,” Historical Commission Chair Sue Keffer said.

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Published September 15, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has come and gone. It seems everyone old enough to witness the day the planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon has vivid memories of it — where they were and what they were doing at the time. But now there is an entire generation, those in their mid-teens or younger, who may not have been born at the time.

For them, the incident is the stuff of history books — a bit abstract, perhaps, and a bit less real. 

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Published September 14, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A reality of war is that not every serviceperson comes back alive.

Sometimes, people don’t come back at all.

Groups like Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 are completely cognizant of this, because the members of the chapter have lost friends and family members, and even those they fought with but maybe did not know personally.

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Published September 11, 2016

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Shelby Township held an 11 a.m. ceremony at its veterans memorial on the township grounds to memorialize the national tragedy that occurred Sept. 11, 2001.

Shelby Township Veteran Events Coordinator Phil Randazzo organized the event, which included the placing of a wreath, the national anthem led by Tracy Murray, the Pledge of Allegiance, various speakers, prayers and a siren salute courtesy of the Police and Fire departments.

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Published September 9, 2016

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, changed the landscape of the United States in countless ways. Now, on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, communities and organizations across the country are holding commemorative events to ensure that we never forget that fateful day.

Here are some local ways you can reflect on 9/11, remember those we lost and honor first-responders.

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Published September 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The community is invited to a special tribute for first responders locally and across the country in observance of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The Royal Oak Memorial Society is hosting A Day to Remember at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of the Royal Oak Public Library entrance.

Event organizer Carol Hennessey said the gathering was designed as a remembrance and show of appreciation for all those who protect and respond in times of terror and during everyday life.

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Published August 29, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb County Veteran Affairs Commission is seeking to possibly add more volunteers to its workforce through the addition of a task force.

Pat Daniels, the chairman of the commission, said he hopes to involve several individuals who recently applied for a pair of commission appointments, which were filled by Michael Salyers and Therese Wrobel, both of whom were up for reappointment.

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