Patriotism

Published August 17, 2016

CLAWSON — U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Glenn Kramer loved his wife.

“My buddies would say they took more heat from their wives because they couldn’t have a relationship like ours,” Kramer said. “We were together for 37 years, and I loved her deeply.

“She was more than my wife; she was my friend and somebody I looked forward to seeing every day.”

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Published August 17, 2016

METRO DETROIT — When attending the Medal of Honor Legacy Program Conference  this summer, sponsored by the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Regina High School social studies teacher Debbie Biondo was moved.

She became emotional when hearing stories about the military veterans who have received the Medal of Honor, which is the highest military decoration that may be awarded by the U.S. government and is presented by U.S. presidents.

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Published July 17, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base has been recognized by the National Guard Association of the United States for its combat operations in 2015.

The unit received the Carl A. Spaatz Award, which is presented annually to the overall outstanding flying unit in the ANG, for its unprecedented success on a major operational inspection and the 127th Wing’s ongoing partnership with international, national, state and local partners.

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Published July 15, 2016

WARREN — Herman Johnson and Fred Rivera bled together and bonded as brothers in the jungles of Vietnam in the summer of 1969.

On July 10, 47 years after a battle split them up, they were back in each other’s company in Washington, D.C., where Rivera had more than a reunion planned.

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Published July 2, 2016

EASTPOINTE — Were you an Eastpointe or Roseville Rosie the Riveter, or do you know someone who has a story to tell about their time during the war?

Have any wartime artifacts or memorabilia that you would like to share?

If so, the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is all ears and would like to hear from you.

The society recently launched a program for the Military Technical & Historical Museum in Eastpointe to answer questions about Eastpointe and Roseville defense manufacturing activities, according to a press release.

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Published June 29, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Once the horses finish racing Friday, July 1, fireworks will light up the skies over Hazel Park Raceway. It’s a long-standing tradition that will continue this year with live music, a barbecue and more.

“It’s very popular,” said Ladd Biro, director of racing at Hazel Park Raceway. “Absolutely one of our biggest days. And I’d take a stab we’ll have anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 people. All of the surrounding areas, the streets are parked up.”

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Published June 29, 2016

METRO DETROIT — During World War II, John Rossio crammed into a ball turret on a B-17 as his squadron from the 388th Bomb Group flew harrowing missions over Europe that turned targets to dust and left the crew members shaken. 

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Published June 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It was a promise Toni Murphy, 72, of New Baltimore, made to her mother, but one she feared she’d never be able to keep.

Her uncle, Grosse Pointe Farms native George Paul Grifford — born on March 25, 1932 — enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was only 17. He fought in the Korean War.

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Published June 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A piece of iconic visual history arrived in Memorial Park Monday morning with the placement of a 25-foot statue replicating the Embracing Peace photograph.

The visual made famous in Life magazine of a soldier kissing a nurse on V-J Day, taken by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, arrived on a flatbed truck from artist Seward Johnson’s New Jersey studio to its temporary resting place in Royal Oak at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

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Published June 14, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — When an American flag becomes worn and tattered after being used for so long, there is a proper way to lay it to rest. 

The Grosse Pointe Woods Historical Commission did just that to 30 flags from the public at the organization’s annual flag retirement ceremony held June 11 at Ghesquiere Park, located behind City Hall.

The commission members and several volunteers followed proper protocol when retiring Old Glory. The worn flags came in various sizes. 

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Published June 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With crowds of more than 80,000 people lining Harper Avenue May 29, the 64th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade stepped off with a lone bagpiper, a riderless horse and honor guard to help viewers remember the reason for the festivities — those who have died in service to the United States. 

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Published May 31, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —  A new veterans tribute will feature clear glass-etched markers rising skyward and encircling the American flag, lighted at night, on Adams Road, at Silverbell.

“We envision a tribute that is not made of granite and brass,” said Timothy Reese, one of three Oakland Township residents heading the tribute plan. “We wanted to do something a little different.”

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Published May 31, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS —  The crowd that gathered the morning of May 30 at the Circle of Honor, at Vernier Road and Mack Avenue, came away with a piece of American history from Grosse Pointe Woods resident Eugene Ignasiak.

The U.S. Navy petty officer first class was one of the courageous United States military members who defended the nation as World War II raged on. 

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Published May 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The 64th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade took place Sunday, May 29, along Harper Avenue.

The parade, one of the largest around, included military members and vehicles, local marching bands, floats and more.

This year’s celebrity guest was former Detroit Red Wing and Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay.

Check back later this week for the full story.

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Published May 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With military members and vehicles, local bands and even Clydesdales taking to Harper Avenue May 29, the 64th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will be a sight to see.

“Every year we say it’s the largest, but I think this one really has a good chance of being the largest,” said Parade Committee Chair Cheryl Furdos. “We have something for all interests, in addition to all the veteran entries.”

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Published May 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A few days before the country remembers those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States, students at Kennedy Middle School will take time to thank veterans with a flag raising in their honor.

Lake Shore Public Schools Superintendent Joe DiPonio, who helped start the tradition about five years ago when he was principal of the school, said that with all the curriculum focus trained on reading and math, “The history of this country gets lost.”

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Published May 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — While Veterans Day is a time to celebrate, Memorial Day is a more somber occasion to pay tribute to the heroes who died in the line of duty.

Shelby Township’s annual Memorial Day service is set to take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the veterans memorial located on the municipal grounds, 52700 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road.

Phil Randazzo, the township’s veteran events coordinator, said he chose to dedicate this year’s Memorial Day service to Ed Young, who passed away April 28 at the age of 85.

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Published May 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The community once again is invited to remember the local men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country. 

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON  —
The public is invited to gather and show respect for fallen military men and women at the Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. May 30 in downtown Royal Oak. The route will travel from South Main Street and Harrison, head north to Second Street, then east to the Veterans Memorial Plaza, where the annual memorial service will be held. A shuttle service will be available in front of City Hall for those in the parade. The shuttle will take participants to the start of the parade.

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Published May 23, 2016

WARREN  — The smallest things can tell a big story.

Members of the Warren Historical Commission and the Warren Historical & Genealogical Society are looking for items  — whether simply submitted on loan from Warren residents or their families, or through a donation to the society —  to be showcased in the hallway display windows on the west side of the Warren Community Center complex, near the auditorium and next to the city’s historical gallery.

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