Local schools to honor veterans

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published November 2, 2018

 During the 2015 Veterans Day ceremony at Center Line High School, U.S. Navy veteran Mike Sharples, who served in Iraq, donated an American flag that flew over the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.

During the 2015 Veterans Day ceremony at Center Line High School, U.S. Navy veteran Mike Sharples, who served in Iraq, donated an American flag that flew over the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.

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MACOMB COUNTY — In observance of Veterans Day Nov. 11, students and staff from two local institutions will pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

Macomb Community College faculty and students also will commemorate veterans this year in the way of photos. The college will display “The 2018 Photographic Journey of Macomb’s Veterans” exhibit, which will feature more than 175 photographs submitted by current and former MCC student veterans. The images are comprised of military members in posed and action photos.

“The action shots are not all combat. Many were taken during training exercises and daily tasks,” Kara Fields, director of veteran services at MCC, said in an email.

“The pictures are from various geographic regions and span from the early 1990s to the last few years.”

The photographs will be displayed Nov. 5-6 in P Building at Center Campus, located at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township; and Nov. 8-9 at K Building at South Campus, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren.

In March 2017, MCC opened up the Office of Veteran & Military Services, located in room 224 of G Building on South Campus. The office serves as a primary point of contact for veterans and active service members who are MCC students. All branches of the military are welcome.

According to Fields, during the 2017-18 school year, MCC had 1,476 students enrolled who were connected to the military. Of that number, 673 were veterans; 178 were serving in active military, reserves or National Guard; and 625 were dependents or spouses of veterans or service members.

“Macomb is extremely proud of our student veterans. They are part of our community and show up as leaders in our classrooms, offices and hallways. Our veterans embody perseverance, honor and integrity. They tend to not ask for help, yet come to the aid of someone else in need,” Fields said. “It is not uncommon to see one of our student veterans assisting a civilian student with grasping a concept or overcoming a hurdle. They have sacrificed for our freedom, and we are honored that these men and women trust us to guide them through education and VA processes. We are thankful for the service of our student veterans and their family members and feel truly privileged to be able to serve them.”

The Center Line High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets will hold a Veterans Day ceremony from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 9 in the school’s auditorium, 26300 Arsenal St. The public is welcome to attend.

The ceremony — which will include a slideshow — will honor veterans from local communities as well as military members who have passed away. There is still time to submit the name of a military member to be honored during the event.

Pictures of veterans can be submitted for the slideshow by emailing Alexandria Plociniak at plocalex02@go2clps.org. Include the name of the veteran pictured, and their branch of service, rank and time served. In the email, let Plociniak know if you plan to attend the ceremony.

According to Jessup Moreland, training and operations officer for the Panther Battalion, the CLHS ceremony will start off with a traditional placing of the colors by the color guard, followed by a presentation, then a social period so cadets, the public and veterans can mingle. The CLHS mascot is the panther.