Troy Veterans Day ceremony to honor those who serve

 From left, Troy Police Honor Guard members Jason Clark, Russ Bragg and John Julian raise the colors during the Troy Veterans Day ceremony in 2015 at Veterans Plaza, in front of Troy City Hall.

From left, Troy Police Honor Guard members Jason Clark, Russ Bragg and John Julian raise the colors during the Troy Veterans Day ceremony in 2015 at Veterans Plaza, in front of Troy City Hall.

File photo by Donna Dalziel


By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 7, 2017

 Mike Kerr, an Army captain and retired Troy police sergeant, watches as honor guard members Jason Clark and Russ Bragg lay a memorial wreath in 2015.

Mike Kerr, an Army captain and retired Troy police sergeant, watches as honor guard members Jason Clark and Russ Bragg lay a memorial wreath in 2015.

File photo by Donna Dalziel

 Marine Cpl. Stanley L. Moore, of the Heritage Concert Band, performs in 2015.

Marine Cpl. Stanley L. Moore, of the Heritage Concert Band, performs in 2015.

File photo by Donna Dalziel

TROY — Mark McBride served in the U.S. Air Force police security for five years, leaving the military in 1989 at the rank of sergeant.  

He was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska, from 1984 to 1986; and at Hickam Air Force Base, in Hawaii, from 1986 to 1989. 

He worked as a police service aide for Troy from 1990 to 1999 and is currently employed by Beaumont Hospital, Troy, as a security officer. 

But when he takes the podium as the keynote speaker for the Troy Veterans Day ceremony, he won’t focus on his own service. Instead, he will pay tribute to friends and family members who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. 

“Some served for 20 to 30 years,” he said. “(My military service) is very minor compared to family and friends. I didn’t see combat.” 

McBride said he will also touch on how fewer people fly the Stars and Stripes to honor veterans and those in active duty. 

“People forget the past,” he said. 

He will talk about why he joined the Air Force and the sacrifices the families of those who are serving make. 

Cub Scout Pack 1707, from Troy Union Elementary School, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The program will include the raising of colors, a rifle salute and the playing of taps by the Troy Police Honor Guard, as well as the laying of a memorial wreath at the Veterans Monument. Music will be provided by the Heritage Concert Band of Troy.

“We are so blessed to live in the U.S., where oftentimes we take our freedom for granted,”  said Community Affairs Director Cindy Stewart. “Nov. 11 is the perfect time to remember all of the brave men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces and to say thank you for your service.”

Stewart said attendees can bring flowers, small flags and appropriate mementos to place on the Walk of Honor at the base of the Veterans Monument to honor a loved one or all veterans. Commemorative bricks are available for purchase for $60. For more information, call (248) 524-1147. 

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Troy Veterans Plaza, in front of Troy City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver Road.