Patriotism

Published May 9, 2016

Construction work will not deter the city of Sterling Heights from paying its respects to fallen members of the armed forces this Memorial Day.

According to city officials, this year’s Memorial Day Parade will be the city’s 37th annual one. Memorial Day falls on May 30 this year, and the parade activities will start at 10 a.m. that day.

Officials say residents can expect to see Mayor Michael Taylor at a 9 a.m. pre-parade ceremony event that will take place near City Hall.

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Published May 6, 2016

WARREN — Judging by the eloquent remarks offered by three generals in attendance at the Detroit Arsenal as command officially changed hands May 2, the U.S. Army continues to be every bit as professional as it is combat effective.

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Published May 4, 2016

WARREN — This fall, the city of Warren will celebrate its ties to the United Service Organizations and a building once used by the group to host events for members of the armed forces and their families.

The Warren Historical Commission will host a historical plaque dedication on Oct. 1 at the Fitzgerald Recreation Center on Nine Mile, east of Ryan, which members believe is one of the few remaining World War II-era structures once utilized by the USO.

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Published April 29, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Officials from Selfridge Air National Guard Base were joined by Macomb County elected officials on April 22 to break ground on the largest single construction project in the 99-year history of the military airfield.

A $32.6 million jet fuel storage and delivery system is being built at the base, creating a logistical infrastructure that will support all flying operations here.

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Published April 29, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The service members who defended the U.S. during World War II never forget the experience, and two of them will share their stories during a special presentation this weekend.

Army veteran Douglas Harvey and Marines veteran Frank Torre will talk about their service and homecoming during the program “Stories of Service” at 1 p.m. May 7 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road at Hall Road.

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Published April 8, 2016

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum is on the move.

Two years after the nonprofit established its collection of historic vehicles, military artifacts, and recorded veteran histories in a space on Industrial Drive in St. Clair Shores, Museum Director John Lind and the leaser confirmed that they had reached a mutual financial agreement to forego the remaining four months of the museum’s lease. Under the terms of the agreement, the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy must vacate the property by May 8.

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Published March 30, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — She is recognized by her stern face, her red polka dot bandana, her blue work shirt and flexing forearm.

The “she” is Rosie the Riveter, who generations have identified with as a symbol of women’s efforts during World War II.

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Published March 15, 2016

Students in Christopher Schoonover’s and Andrew Shipp’s history classes at Athens High School read about the Korean War in their textbooks, but Robert Charbonneau brought it to life when he visited the school March 11.

“When you hear it from a veteran, it’s more real. It’s cool listening to his experiences,” said sophomore Jacob Brantley. “I know how he fought for our country and how strong we are (as a country) today.”

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Published March 14, 2016

FRASER — It was difficult to find a dry eye March 10 at Twain Elementary.

The entire K-6 student body, along with teachers and Principal Ed Skowneski, were packed into the school’s gymnasium to watch students from another school perform jump rope tricks as part of the Jump Rope for Heart initiative to benefit the American Heart Association.

After nearly a half hour of entertainment, Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark English, dressed in his fatigues, snuck into the gymnasium through a door facing the students’ backs.

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Published March 11, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will liven up the skies around Harrison Township next year when they come by to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Next year’s Selfridge Open House and Air Show will be held Aug. 19-20, 2017.

The Thunderbirds are headlining the two-day centennial event.

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Published March 9, 2016

FRASER — All Kelly Jenks wanted was for her sixth-grade Salk Elementary class to appreciate and respect military veterans.

But in doing so, the teacher received quite a bit of gratitude in return.

On Feb. 23, Jenks was inundated with praise by members of Fraser VFW Post 6691, and also received admiration from the very students she teaches.

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a proponent of assistance to veterans and families of service members, Bryan Mazey has been named the grand marshal of the 64th St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade. 

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Published March 8, 2016

BERKLEY — The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major World War II battle that is now part of the history of the United States, and often a photo of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi is associated with the battle.

But after that flag was raised, it was another incident at Iwo Jima that was ingrained in the mind of Berkley native Edward “Mort” Denell.

Denell was a private first class in the 26th Marine Corps regiment and fought at Iwo Jima.

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Published March 2, 2016

Mike Sand said his military deference was always in his blood.

A Fraser resident since 1974, Sand recalls his father bringing him to parades and other functions that paid respect to military personnel. He always wondered why his father’s reverence was so strong.

His father, who was in a motor pool during World War II, died at the age of 48. Following his passing, Sand finally asked his mother about his father’s duties in the line of battle. According to her, he had shell shock and would wake up in cold sweats in the middle of the night.

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Published February 27, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Nearly 3 million liter-size bottles of water have been shipped through Selfridge Air National Guard Base in the largest domestic support operation of the Michigan Air National Guard (ANG) in at least four decades.

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Published February 17, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Winners were announced for the St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade logo, a contest open to high school art students.

The Parade Committee announced the winning logo Feb. 1, created by Kyle Molloy, a senior at Lakeview High School.

“Originally, it was a school project,” Molloy said. “One of my friends, last year, won the same contest. I thought it’d be a really cool thing to win.”

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Published February 10, 2016

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The John D. Dingell Detroit Medical Center staff is getting ready for the National Salute to Veteran Patients week, which this year is set for Feb. 14–20. The veterans medical center is located at 4646 John R St.

The National Salute to Veteran Patients week, which began in 1978 as a way to honor veterans, was designed to increase community awareness of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ role in providing medical care. It also encourages U.S. citizens and community organizations to become more engaged in volunteerism and philanthropic efforts.

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Published January 27, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Residents in and around Clinton Township can see firsthand who represented the state during the Vietnam War.

Thanks to Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154, located on 15 Mile Road in Clinton Township, the Michigan Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial is currently on display at the Clinton Township Civic Center, 40700 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township.

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Published January 27, 2016

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MOUNT CLEMENS — A group from the Macomb County Veteran Services Department presented information to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners Jan. 20 to show why it is seeking a millage increase proposal in this year’s election cycle.

According to a presentation given by Veteran Services Director Laura Rios, the department is eyeing a negative fund balance before the millage’s next renewal in 2018.

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Published January 22, 2016

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WARREN — In the summer of 1950, less than five years after the guns of World War II fell silent in the Far East, armed conflict erupted on the Korean peninsula.

The Korean War, also known in the United States and Canada as “The Forgotten War,” would eventually result in more than 36,000 American combat deaths. More than 100,000 Americans were wounded. Theater-wide, the numbers were staggering, with more than 5 million people killed, nearly half of them civilians.

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