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Patriotism/Military

Published June 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — It was a promise Toni Murphy, 72, of New Baltimore, made to her mother, but one she feared she’d never be able to keep.

Her uncle, Grosse Pointe Farms native George Paul Grifford — born on March 25, 1932 — enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was only 17. He fought in the Korean War.

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Published June 20, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A piece of iconic visual history arrived in Memorial Park Monday morning with the placement of a 25-foot statue replicating the Embracing Peace photograph.

The visual made famous in Life magazine of a soldier kissing a nurse on V-J Day, taken by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, arrived on a flatbed truck from artist Seward Johnson’s New Jersey studio to its temporary resting place in Royal Oak at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

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Published June 14, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — When an American flag becomes worn and tattered after being used for so long, there is a proper way to lay it to rest. 

The Grosse Pointe Woods Historical Commission did just that to 30 flags from the public at the organization’s annual flag retirement ceremony held June 11 at Ghesquiere Park, located behind City Hall.

The commission members and several volunteers followed proper protocol when retiring Old Glory. The worn flags came in various sizes. 

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Published June 3, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With crowds of more than 80,000 people lining Harper Avenue May 29, the 64th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade stepped off with a lone bagpiper, a riderless horse and honor guard to help viewers remember the reason for the festivities — those who have died in service to the United States. 

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Published May 31, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP —  A new veterans tribute will feature clear glass-etched markers rising skyward and encircling the American flag, lighted at night, on Adams Road, at Silverbell.

“We envision a tribute that is not made of granite and brass,” said Timothy Reese, one of three Oakland Township residents heading the tribute plan. “We wanted to do something a little different.”

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Published May 31, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS —  The crowd that gathered the morning of May 30 at the Circle of Honor, at Vernier Road and Mack Avenue, came away with a piece of American history from Grosse Pointe Woods resident Eugene Ignasiak.

The U.S. Navy petty officer first class was one of the courageous United States military members who defended the nation as World War II raged on. 

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Published May 30, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The 64th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade took place Sunday, May 29, along Harper Avenue.

The parade, one of the largest around, included military members and vehicles, local marching bands, floats and more.

This year’s celebrity guest was former Detroit Red Wing and Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay.

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Published May 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With military members and vehicles, local bands and even Clydesdales taking to Harper Avenue May 29, the 64th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will be a sight to see.

“Every year we say it’s the largest, but I think this one really has a good chance of being the largest,” said Parade Committee Chair Cheryl Furdos. “We have something for all interests, in addition to all the veteran entries.”

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Published May 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A few days before the country remembers those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States, students at Kennedy Middle School will take time to thank veterans with a flag raising in their honor.

Lake Shore Public Schools Superintendent Joe DiPonio, who helped start the tradition about five years ago when he was principal of the school, said that with all the curriculum focus trained on reading and math, “The history of this country gets lost.”

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Published May 25, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — While Veterans Day is a time to celebrate, Memorial Day is a more somber occasion to pay tribute to the heroes who died in the line of duty.

Shelby Township’s annual Memorial Day service is set to take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the veterans memorial located on the municipal grounds, 52700 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road.

Phil Randazzo, the township’s veteran events coordinator, said he chose to dedicate this year’s Memorial Day service to Ed Young, who passed away April 28 at the age of 85.

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Published May 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The community once again is invited to remember the local men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country. 

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Published May 23, 2016

ROYAL OAK/CLAWSON  —
The public is invited to gather and show respect for fallen military men and women at the Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. May 30 in downtown Royal Oak. The route will travel from South Main Street and Harrison, head north to Second Street, then east to the Veterans Memorial Plaza, where the annual memorial service will be held. A shuttle service will be available in front of City Hall for those in the parade. The shuttle will take participants to the start of the parade.

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Published May 23, 2016

WARREN  — The smallest things can tell a big story.

Members of the Warren Historical Commission and the Warren Historical & Genealogical Society are looking for items  — whether simply submitted on loan from Warren residents or their families, or through a donation to the society —  to be showcased in the hallway display windows on the west side of the Warren Community Center complex, near the auditorium and next to the city’s historical gallery.

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Published May 21, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Though it’s still 15 months away, anticipation for the 2017 Team Selfridge Centennial Open House and Air Show is palpable.

Dozens gathered May 17 outside the base’s Military Air Museum to hear Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum announce the plethora of events planned for next summer and leading up to the open house and air show Aug. 19-20.

“This is an event 100 years in the making,” said Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. “It’s an exciting time here at Selfridge.”

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Published May 20, 2016

HAZEL PARK — Last year, an estimated 17,000 people attended Hazel Park’s Memorial Weekend festivities, with about 3,000 in attendance for the parade alone. This year aims to repeat that success by bringing back everything everyone loved.

“Last year’s attendance was record-breaking,” said Sareen Papakhian, director of recreation for the city of Hazel Park. “This remains a profitable and fun venture for the city as we continue to increase in revenue sales.”

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Published May 11, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Voters will decide whether or not the Macomb County Veterans Service Department will see increased funding following a millage proposal vote this August.

On May 5, the Macomb County Board of Commissioners approved unanimously the language that will appear on the ballot for the Aug. 2 primary election day vote.

“I’m pleased, because now we can offer more services starting next year, or at least move forward to expanding,” said Laura Rios, director of the Veterans Services Department.

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Published May 9, 2016

Construction work will not deter the city of Sterling Heights from paying its respects to fallen members of the armed forces this Memorial Day.

According to city officials, this year’s Memorial Day Parade will be the city’s 37th annual one. Memorial Day falls on May 30 this year, and the parade activities will start at 10 a.m. that day.

Officials say residents can expect to see Mayor Michael Taylor at a 9 a.m. pre-parade ceremony event that will take place near City Hall.

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Published May 6, 2016

WARREN — Judging by the eloquent remarks offered by three generals in attendance at the Detroit Arsenal as command officially changed hands May 2, the U.S. Army continues to be every bit as professional as it is combat effective.

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Published May 4, 2016

WARREN — This fall, the city of Warren will celebrate its ties to the United Service Organizations and a building once used by the group to host events for members of the armed forces and their families.

The Warren Historical Commission will host a historical plaque dedication on Oct. 1 at the Fitzgerald Recreation Center on Nine Mile, east of Ryan, which members believe is one of the few remaining World War II-era structures once utilized by the USO.

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Published April 29, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Officials from Selfridge Air National Guard Base were joined by Macomb County elected officials on April 22 to break ground on the largest single construction project in the 99-year history of the military airfield.

A $32.6 million jet fuel storage and delivery system is being built at the base, creating a logistical infrastructure that will support all flying operations here.

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