From left, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1818 member A. Bruce Hartung, Chapter 1818 Trustee W. Roger Kochan, Grosse Pointe Shores City Councilman Doug Kucyk, Chapter 1818 Commander Larry Pretzer, City Councilman Robert Barrette and Harbor Committee Chair Dr. John Seago recognize the Shores becoming a Purple Heart City at a May 21 Shores City Council meeting.

From left, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1818 member A. Bruce Hartung, Chapter 1818 Trustee W. Roger Kochan, Grosse Pointe Shores City Councilman Doug Kucyk, Chapter 1818 Commander Larry Pretzer, City Councilman Robert Barrette and Harbor Committee Chair Dr. John Seago recognize the Shores becoming a Purple Heart City at a May 21 Shores City Council meeting.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran


Grosse Pointe Shores to salute service members on Veterans Day

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 15, 2019

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — This year, Grosse Pointe Shores will honor residents who are veterans during a special service at City Hall at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day.

In the spring, the Shores became the first Grosse Pointe to be named a Purple Heart City. During a May 21 Shores City Council meeting, the council welcomed members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1818 and presented them with a proclamation honoring Purple Heart recipients and the Shores becoming a Purple Heart City. The proclamation was signed by Mayor Ted Kedzierski and all of the members of the council. The city, in turn, was presented with a Purple Heart banner.

“We’re going to proudly display this banner right here in our City Hall,” Kedzierski said.

The oldest military honor still given to American service members, the Purple Heart has been awarded to an estimated 1.8 million recipients since it was created in 1782, according to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. It is presented to those who are wounded or killed in combat.

“I made the suggestion that we take this time to recognize your service,” City Councilman Bruce Bisballe told the Purple Heart chapter members. “I’m very proud we can become the first Grosse Pointe to become a Purple Heart community.”

In 2014, Warren became Michigan’s first Purple Heart City. A number of other communities have since followed suit, including Rochester and Detroit.

City Councilmen Robert Barrette and Doug Kucyk are military veterans, as is Dr. John Seago, chair of the Shores Harbor Committee. They were recognized for their service to their country at the May 21 meeting.

To become a Purple Heart City, all communities need to do is “just ask,” said Larry Pretzer, commander of Purple Heart Chapter 1818. Pretzer is a Vietnam War veteran who was a member of the 101st Airborne. He said their chapter, based in Macomb County, is “the largest chapter in the state of Michigan.”

Although the Shores is the smallest of the Grosse Pointes, Kedzierski said it has a number of “highly decorated” veterans.

According to the city’s Purple Heart City proclamation, the Shores “appreciates the sacrifices our Purple Heart recipients made in defending our freedoms and believe it is important that we acknowledge them for their courage and show them the honor and support they have earned.”

City officials are looking forward to honoring as many Shores veterans as possible during the Veterans Day ceremony.

For more information or to register for the Veterans Day ceremony, call city offices at (313) 881-6565 or visit www.gpshoresmi.gov.