Patriotism

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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Published January 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — After a semester of independent research on World War I, a group of University Liggett School 11th- and 12th-grade students are ready to share what they have discovered.

The students put together a World War I exhibit, and community members are invited to view it from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 21 inside Liggett’s main lobby. 

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Published December 21, 2015

“I’ll be home for Christmas” doesn’t always ring true for everyone.

So local students want troops stationed overseas to know that they’re remembered, wherever they are, by those at home.

Mike Chmielewski teaches a fourth/fifth-grade split class at Elmwood Elementary School in South Lake Schools. He has become friends through coaching sports with Lt. Col. Michael Zahuranic, the product manager for self-propelled Howitzer systems and armored fighting vehicles at TACOM in Warren.

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Published December 16, 2015

BERKLEY — For Anderson Middle School seventh-grader Elise Essenmacher, finding out that there are veterans who struggle with everyday activities in their homes was jarring.

“I was touched to know these veterans don’t have homes to go to that suit their needs,” she said. “I saw that, and we decided we wanted to help.”

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Published December 16, 2015

FRASER — Claude Woods is 97 years old but still sharp as a tack, talking about trekking through Normandy as if it happened last week.

Woods grew up on the east side of Detroit — on Monclair Street, near Shoemaker and Lemay streets — with his mother, father and older brother, and it wasn’t until after he graduated from high school in June 1936 that his family moved to Fraser.

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Published December 9, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is trying to make this holiday season especially memorable for local veterans.

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Published November 25, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — A recent donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars will help Post 1407 stay up and running, even when power outages threaten to shut it down.

The post received a $5,000 grant from AT&T that will pay for an auxiliary power generator. Perishable goods meant for veterans in need will no longer be at risk of spoiling when power is lost. Likewise, the post will be able to continue hosting functions, a needed revenue stream alongside state VFW-regulated charity gaming in the future and other fundraising activities.

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Published November 24, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Christmastime is as good as any to recognize those who have permanently left families and friends.

Wreaths Across America is inviting the public to share in the remembrance of veterans for the sixth straight year at Resurrection Cemetery, in Clinton Township.

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Published November 18, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Residents, city officials and community members showed their appreciation for those who have served our country in a ceremony commemorating Veterans Day Nov. 10.

At 11 a.m. in the council chambers in the Southfield Municipal Complex, attendees took an hour out of their day to celebrate Veterans Day — the federal holiday designed to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans, which is observed Nov. 11 each year.

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Published November 16, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While many children try to stretch themselves to cover as many blocks as possible on Halloween, hoping for a huge stash of candy, the truth is, many parents won’t let them keep all of that loot.

That’s where local dentist Dr. P. Steven Wainess comes in, and troops benefit from his generosity.

This is the Harper Avenue dentist’s fifth year hosting a candy buyback event after Halloween to benefit Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to troops.

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Published November 13, 2015

CENTER LINE — An American flag that flew over the Al Anbar Province of Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom will now be displayed inside a Center Line High School hallway.

During the school’s second annual Veterans Day ceremony held the evening of Nov. 10, U.S. Navy veteran Mike Sharples, who served in Iraq, donated the flag to the staff and students.

The school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Panther Battalion, along with instructor Sgt. 1st Class Janet Verlinde, organized last week’s ceremony.

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Published November 13, 2015

WARREN — Tears formed in Robert Ostrowski’s eyes when remembering his military stint during the Vietnam War.

“I lost a lot of friends over there,” said the U.S. Marine Corps cook, who served from 1968 to 1970. “I still think about them.”

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Published November 13, 2015

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CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP —Hundreds of veterans came out to take a stroll through history — and to be recognized for their contributions to it — during a Veterans Day event at Stahls Automotive Museum in Chesterfield Township.

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accompanied by family members, friends and supporters, toured the museum on Nov. 11 during special hours set aside to honor those who served their country in times of conflict and peace.

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Published November 13, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — On the morning of Nov. 11, 1918, after four years of war, Allied and German powers met in Rethondes, France, to sign an armistice that halted the hostilities of World War I.

The agreement was signed and went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that year, bringing to an end the carnage of what has been referred to as the Great War (the war that many thought to be the war to end all wars).

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Published November 11, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Keeping alive a yearslong tradition, Jefferson Middle School opened its doors to nearly 100 men and women who have served this country for a Veterans Day breakfast, complete with music and thanks from students at the school.

“Why wait till Nov. 11?” said sixth-grader Zaria Pitts, reading from a speech she had prepared for the occasion. “Take any chance to thank and honor them (veterans).”

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Published November 11, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Each year around metro Detroit, a few businesses close in observance of Veterans Day. Some residents may head to a local parade or cemetery to pay their respects to the men and women who’ve served our country, and families will go and honor their fallen soldiers in a quiet cemetery.

But those in the United States military did not fight for our freedom one day a year — so why should they only be acknowledged when the calendar tells us to do so?

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Published November 4, 2015

The Grosse Pointe War Memorial will once again honor veterans with a Veterans Day breakfast starting at 7:45 a.m. Nov. 11 that will feature a presentation from retired Brig. Gen. Richard S. Miller, who was most recently deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 and whose honors include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

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Published November 4, 2015

The Troy Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at Troy Veterans Plaza in front of City Hall at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.

The Troy Veterans Memorial Committee hosts the event. VFW Post 4037 Cmdr. Mike McHale will introduce the various speakers during the event. McHale served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years, attaining the rank of gunnery sergeant when he retired in 2006. He served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

McHale noted that there are 600,000 veterans in Michigan.

“It really is an honor to participate,” McHale said.

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Published November 4, 2015

While Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen, it is on Veterans Day that all veterans are remembered and thanked for their service to the country.

The VFW Bruce Post 1146, at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, will pay tribute to all veterans with a ceremony featuring guest speakers Brig. Gen. Doug Slocum from Selfridge Air National Guard Base and retired Lt. Col. John Walus, the mentor at the Macomb County Veterans Court, along with other local lawmakers.

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