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Patriotism/Military

Published December 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — On Dec. 7, 1941, Russell Shields was 19 and serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Whitney destroyer tender, docked not far from Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor.

On the 75th anniversary of the devastating Japanese attack that thrust the United States into World War II, Shields, now 94, was with his daughter and son at the VFW Bruce Post 1146 in St. Clair Shores, where he lit a candle for his fellow sailors who never came home.

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Published November 30, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When it comes to honoring veterans, the public has reached out in record numbers.

The annual Wreaths Across America ceremony is in its seventh year at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township. This year’s event starts with a plaque presentation at 10 a.m. Dec. 17 at Fern Hill Country Club, with a noon ceremony following at the cemetery.

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Published November 17, 2016

WARREN/CENTER LINE —  Over the next few months, students and staff at Wolfe Middle School will have the opportunity to acknowledge brave U.S. military members and veterans who have ties to the school.

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Published November 15, 2016

GROSSE POINTES — Through projects, cards and classroom lessons, local Grosse Pointe Public School System students observed Veterans Day Nov. 11.

Various projects gave the students the opportunity to say thank you to local military service members, including those in the students’ families.

Over at Kerby Elementary School, the majority of the staff and students participated in activities that occurred throughout the week, and especially on Friday.

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Published November 14, 2016

Ranging from those who served decades ago to those who only finished their terms of service recently, the hall was packed Nov. 11 at VFW Bruce Post 1146 as veterans were celebrated on their special day.

“Veterans Day salutes all veterans. It is our day,” said VFW State Commander Gerald Gorski. “Our veterans have borne the cost of America’s wars. Every generation owes a debt of gratitude to these patriots.”

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Published November 11, 2016

BERKLEY — To celebrate Veterans Day, Berkley High School brought in many active -duty military members and veterans to speak with students.

This was part of the high school’s fifth annual Military Appreciation Day, which took place on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Military members and veterans were invited to the school to meet the students, as well as each other, and to speak about their experiences.

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Published November 11, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Union soldiers lined up in two rank files, armed and ready to defend their post as the Confederacy marched menacingly across the field.

When they were within range, the Union soldiers fired their cannons, which fell short of the oncoming troops. A few moments later, a volley of fire began.

Of course, during this battle, the cannonballs were soccer balls and the gunfire was from tennis balls, lobbed between two groups of students in Chris Hubbard’s American Civil War class Nov. 9 at Lake Shore High School.

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Published November 9, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — There are some things that Farmington Hills resident Andrew Brown, 82, cannot discuss.

The military veteran — who went on two tours in Vietnam, in 1964-1965 and 1969-1970 — searched undercover for the evidence of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara’s presence in Guatemala in the mid 1960s. He was only one of four soldiers to survive an ambush, escaping with shrapnel in his legs.

Brown, suffice it to say, has a story to tell. He just can’t divulge everything.

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Published November 8, 2016

Sterling Heights, Utica Community Schools and other community organizations are standing at attention to commemorate Veterans Day this year.

The city of Sterling Heights will hold a ceremony to honor veterans at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at the Recreation Center at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road.

Besides the central role that veterans will serve in the event, the Sterling Heights Community Foundation, Sam’s Club and Utica Van Dyke Towing are also playing a role in sponsoring the event.

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Published November 8, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — At the 11th moment of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the VFW Bruce Post 1146 will pay tribute to the veterans who have served the United States over the years.

“That’s the purpose of the VFW,” said Post Commander Randell Shafer. “We have to continue to honor veterans that have served, both living and those that have passed away, not just in war but over the last year. We’re going to honor those members that have passed away.”

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Published November 8, 2016

WARREN — As the nation gets ready to observe Veterans Day Nov. 11, the Fitzgerald Public Schools community got an early start with its senior luncheon Nov. 2.

Local senior citizens were invited to the event, which was held in the Fitzgerald High School Automotive and Technology Institute building. As it began, district Superintendent Barbara VanSweden recognized those in attendance who served in the U.S. military.

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Published November 6, 2016

WARREN — The “war to end all wars” raged from 1914-1918. The horrific confluence of new and industrialized killing technology, outdated tactics and stubborn political will resulted in more than 30 million military and civilian casualties worldwide.

The last veteran of World War I died in 2012, but their stories live on in the photos, manuscripts, memories and artifacts they left behind in the care of family members.

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Published November 3, 2016

TROY — Troy Police Lt. Russ Harden, the department’s honor guard commander, will step out of line when the honor guard files in for the Troy Veterans Day Ceremony. 

This year, Harden — a lieutenant colonel in the Michigan Army National Guard, 177th Military Police Brigade, based in Taylor, Michigan, where he’s served for 29 years — will emcee the ceremony. 

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Published November 2, 2016

DETROIT — Crowds gathered at the Detroit Riverwalk Oct. 22 for the commissioning of a U.S. Navy ship with a special connection to the city: its name. 

The event marked the official commissioning of the USS Detroit, the newest ship to enter into the United States’ naval fleet. Following the ceremony, its complement embarked on their first orders as members of the crew. It is a rarity for a ship to ever travel to its namesake city.

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Published November 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, Nov. 6, Shelby Township on its municipal grounds will host a 5K walk/run to honor and support local veterans, followed by a ceremony at the township’s memorial.

Registration for the run will open at 8 a.m. the day of the event, and the run will start at 10 a.m. The Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a special emphasis on the Fire and Police departments.

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Published October 26, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — For the second straight year, Baker College has been recognized for its commitment to veterans, service members and their dependents.

 The education institution was recently honored with a gold ranking for the second year in a row by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency’s Veteran-Friendly School Program. In its second year, the program recognizes various Michigan colleges and universities that aid military members and their families under the GI Bill.

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Published October 19, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Royal Park Hotel will host a fundraising kickoff event Nov. 10 for a new veterans tribute planned for the corner of Adams and Silverbell roads.

“This is an exciting event for Oakland Township,” Township Supervisor Terry Gonser said. He described the tribute’s design as “very unique.”

“We wanted a tribute, not a memorial,” Gonser said. “Glass panels and lighting, so it will glow at night to honor all veterans — past, present and future.”

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Published October 12, 2016

WARREN — A marker mounted outside at the Fitzgerald Recreation Center now pays homage to the building’s history as a place where members of the armed forces and their families gathered for special events, socialized and danced during World War II.

The Fitzgerald facility, built by the United Service Organizations and originally dedicated on Feb. 6, 1942, was one of three places in the Warren area where the USO hosted events. Local historians said it’s the only one that remains around here, and may in fact be one of just a few left anywhere in the state.

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Published October 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Beneath a clear blue sky, a group of approximately 100 people gathered to dedicate St. Lawrence Catholic Church’s newly finished veterans memorial, located in the historic St. Lawrence Cemetery.

The initiative started when Rick Lumetta, president of the St. Lawrence ushers ministry, attended a military funeral at the cemetery and noticed that there was nothing at the cemetery to memorialize veterans.

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Published October 1, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Maria Iafrate, 78, a permanent resident of the United States for 61 years who has lived in Roseville since 1960, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the United States Federal Courthouse in Detroit Sept. 29.

Before Iafrate could become a citizen, there were several things that she needed to do — she had to sign in and trade in her green card for her certificate of naturalization.

Judge Gershwin Drain swore in Iafrate and other new citizens.

“Today is a great day for you all,” he said.

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