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Patriotism/Military

Published May 16, 2017

FARMINGTON — On April 29, the last day of the Winter Artisan Market, two Miss Farmington 2017 contestants dug up and chucked dirt to make way for potted purple and green coral bells.  

On that crisp morning, friends Taylor Terry, 16, and Jillian Dutch, 17, alongside Terry’s father, Mark Terry, helped spruce up the Farmington Masonic Lodge 151, 23715 Farmington Road. They did it to honor past and present veterans and to beautify the lodge. About seven Miss Farmington contestants helped out.

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Published May 16, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Summer is nearly here.

If you have any doubts, just head to Old Woodward this Sunday for the return of the annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade. The unofficial summer kickoff event will be back downtown with music, marchers and, of course, the famed basset hounds.

City Clerk Cherilynn Brown, who’s been in office just a short five weeks, jumped right into organizing the popular parade, which has been a tradition for more than 40 years.

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Published May 6, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/HARRISON TOWNSHIP — What’s old is becoming new again.

That was a repeated sentiment about Selfridge Air National Guard Base during Brig. Gen. John Slocum’s May 1 town hall meeting at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library.

Phil Rode, of the Clinton Township Kiwanis, one of the sponsors of the town hall along with the Macomb YMCA, said that as a lifelong resident of Macomb County, he recalls the feelings of excitement he would get whenever he’d hear a Selfridge jet fly through the air.

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Published April 19, 2017

HARPER WOODS — AMVETS Post No. 57 in Harper Woods will be hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Thursday, April 20, to benefit a memorial honoring the first responders who were on duty during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Published April 19, 2017

UTICA — As an unenforceable gesture of gratitude, the Utica City Council during its April 11 meeting unanimously approved the installation of metal parking signs to denote veterans-only parking spots at four locations.

One sign will be installed at Utica City Hall, one at Grant Park, one at Heritage Park and one in the public parking lot behind the Utica Fire Department.

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Published March 29, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — Military veterans who attend Macomb Community College will now have additional support.

On March 20, school officials held a dedication ceremony to officially open the school’s new Office of Veteran and Military Services, housed at South Campus in Warren.

The new office is located in Room 207 of G Building and will serve as a primary point of contact for veterans and active service members who are MCC students. The new office also can be used as a gathering and meeting space for veterans. All branches of the military are welcome.

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Published March 28, 2017

FRASER — On March 20, at Fraser VFW Post 6691, a group of Gold Star mothers and dozens of veterans were in attendance to commemorate the significance of the Vietnam War. A commemorative lapel pin was given to each veteran who served on active duty anytime between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975.

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Published March 22, 2017

EASTPOINTE — Scheduled for rain or shine at 11 a.m. May 29 at Eastpointe City Hall, the Eastpointe Memorial Day parade will take place to honor those who gave their lives for this country.

During the Eastpointe City Council meeting March 7, Mayor Suzanne Pixley explained what the committee is looking for.

“We’re looking for people who are descendants of the Civil War. Memorial Day was set aside as a day to recognize people who lost their life during the Civil War,” said Pixley.

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Published March 13, 2017

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WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — A showcase of automotive history will get a new home in the birthplace of the “Arsenal of Democracy” with the unanimous approval of the Warren City Council.

John Lind, of Shelby Township, will bring his Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum to a new home in Warren’s Veterans Memorial Park. The founder of the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum said he was “excited and blessed to be part of the Warren family” after City Council’s Feb. 28 approval of a 99-year lease of land in the park to the organization.

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Published March 8, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Seventy-three years after he entered the service at the age of 18, a St. Clair Shores veteran has been honored by the city for his efforts during World War II.

Robert Haffner, who has lived in St. Clair Shores since 1956, served in the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. Stationed in France, Germany and other locations in central Europe, Haffner was awarded the French Legion of Honour medal during a ceremony in Southfield this past Veterans Day. 

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Published February 23, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Selfridge Air National Guard Base is one of two military sites being considered by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force as the permanent home for the F-35 Lightning II air fighter.

If the Harrison Township-located base is chosen, the advantages for not just Macomb County, but the entire state of Michigan, will be long-reaching.

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Published February 22, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — After five years of looking at two mismatched picture frames sporting names on construction paper of Shelby Township residents who are serving in the military, Deputy Clerk Brian Fairbrother decided he wanted to do something more.

An elegant wooden plaque crafted by MPC Awards will replace the old Wall of Honor inside the Township Hall lobby, directly across from the Clerk’s Office. Fairbrother and Shelby Township Veteran Events Coordinator Phil Randazzo have partnered to get the word out.

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Published February 14, 2017

MADISON HEIGHTS — Nick Luxon still remembers the horrible pain from when he fell victim to a trap in Vietnam.

A sergeant in the 4th Infantry Division during the war, he was dropped into a landing zone that turned out to be booby-trapped with pungi stakes — bamboo slices that were soaked in excrement to cause serious infections.

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Published February 14, 2017

WARREN — When Warren Mott High School graduate Marcus Bawol was killed while serving in the military two years ago, students and staff paid tribute to him by creating a Wall of Honor in his memory.

A showcase in a school hallway features photos of the late service member, his school jacket, medals and an American flag.

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Published February 8, 2017

DETROIT — Being almost 500 miles from the nearest ocean, it’s not often that Detroit sees a large naval presence, but that will change as the city hosts Navy Week from Monday, Aug. 28, to Monday, Sept. 4.

Detroit will be one of 15 cities to host a Navy Week in 2017, a weeklong celebration of the United States’ naval forces and a demonstration of what the Navy does and why. Dozens of current service members in the Navy, as well as a number of veterans, will be at the event to demonstrate their abilities, assist with programs and answer questions.

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Published January 11, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A somber crowd of men, women and children huddled together to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom Jan. 7 at Guardian Angel Cemetery.

“Take a moment and visit a gravesite of a veteran,” said Duane Creviston, who led the Wreaths Across America ceremony in the cemetery’s Angel of Peace Mausoleum. “Take down the veteran’s name and information and research it on the internet. We will not forget.”

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Published January 9, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Vietnam Veteran Curtis Burton rushed to Memorial Park the morning of Jan. 5 to have his photograph taken with the “Embracing Peace” statue before it departed for warmer quarters.

“I just had to come see it,” he said. “It was on my to-do list for the last six months, but every time I came by here, I was on the other side of the street.”

Burton said he even attended the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise and saw it from the road, but he wanted a photo up close before it left.

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Published December 21, 2016

WARREN — With American flags proudly displayed, complemented by red, white and blue table settings, about 30 local retired and active military members were honored during the third annual Military Appreciation Dinner Dec. 13 at Warren Mott High School.

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Published December 14, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — This holiday season, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial is once again teaming up with the Wins for Warriors Foundation to give veterans and their loved ones a memorable gift.

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Published December 8, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township is being considered as the permanent home base for the country’s newest fighter aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II.

In a press release from Selfridge officials on Dec. 7, if selected, the F-35 would arrive at the base in 2022 and ultimately replace the A-10 Thunderbolt II, an attack aircraft flown by the 127th Wing since 2009.

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