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Patriot Day ceremony to feature speech from Army colonel

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published September 9, 2015

 Col. Daniel Furber

Col. Daniel Furber


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — This year’s Patriot Day ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at the Veterans Memorial inside Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road. The memorial is located in the southern portion of the cemetery.

This year’s main speaker is Col. Daniel Furber, currently a project manager for transportation systems in the U.S. Army. He will speak about his service in both Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

Currently, he is responsible for the cost, schedule and performance of programs across the Army’s transportation sustainment portfolio — which includes legacy tactical vehicles, all medium and heavy Army vehicles, and watercraft systems.

Township Supervisor Bob Cannon will not officiate the event for the first time in 14 years. Clerk Kim Meltzer, along with members of the Board of Trustees and various police officers and firefighters, will instead preside.

Cannon annually encourages as many residents to attend as possible, noting that the event is important to recognize.

“Life in the United States changed dramatically following the attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon building,” Cannon said. “It left an indelible mark on all of us, especially those old enough to understand the significance of this tragedy.

“It is the responsibility of all of us to make sure our children and grandchildren understand the importance of history and how events like this can affect all of our futures.”

The Police Honor Guard will open and close the ceremony, and former Department of Public Works Director George Westerman will deliver the evening’s invocation.

The event is free and takes place outdoors, and if inclement weather occurs — as it did in 2013 — then the ceremony may be moved indoors.

Furber began active duty in January 1993 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

He served in several artillery-related positions with the 1st Squadron, Armored Cavalry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division and Infantry Brigade.

In 2000, he was accepted into the Army Acquisition Corps, which included assignments in multiple contract leadership positions.

Furber’s awards are numerous, including the Bronze Star with the oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

For more information about the event, contact Deputy Supervisor Liz Vogel at (586) 723-8092 or Joseph Peruzzi at (586) 615-1106.