Published September 14, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s been 40 years since the Vietnam War ended, yet former soldiers never forget those who fought and those who were never seen again.

On Sept. 18, Resurrection Cemetery will for the first time host a 24-hour vigil to remember those who have fallen, those who continue to fight and those who still remain missing in action.

This is the 29th year of the event, though it’s the first time in that entire span that this particular vigil will be held in Clinton Township.

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Published September 12, 2015

Despite a steady downpour, dozens of people turned out for Shelby Township’s 9/11 memorial ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

The event included speeches by Shelby Township Veterans Coordinator Phil Randazzo, Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide and Shelby Township Fire Lt. Inspector Brian Werner, as well as a performance of “God Bless America” by a local singer.

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Published September 9, 2015

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.

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Published September 9, 2015

In an effort to aid U.S. troops — both stateside and overseas — the Michigan Military Moms group is collecting items for care packages to ship to soldiers from Michigan.

Merrill Griffin, president of Michigan Military Moms, said the group plans to send more than 100 care packages.

The care package drive will be held at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery through Sept. 18.

Some of the items requested include the following snack foods in individual-sized packages:

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Published August 27, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Hugh McLeod is a self-proclaimed “army brat” who learned the military lifestyle through his father.

McLeod, 41, is a physician assistant in the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion of the U.S. Army.

His career has taken various twists and turns in a figurative and literal sense, all starting with following in his dad’s footsteps.

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Published August 26, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The American Legion Groves-Walker Post 346, of Farmington, along with the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, will honor and remember the fallen during the annual 9/11 Patriot Day ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Walter Sundquist Pavilion in Riley Park, in downtown Farmington.

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Published August 18, 2015

Emma “Big Mama” Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, died at Heartland of West Bloomfield Aug. 16. She was 110 years old.
A mother of five, Didlake outlived her children and her husband.

On July 17, Didlake was escorted by members of Talons Out Honor Flight and her granddaughter, Marilyn Horne, of Farmington Hills, to Washington, D.C., where she met President Barack Obama and visited various national memorials.

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Published August 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum is still solidifying its events for the fall and winter, but it already has booked a series of guest speakers and planned a media sale.

President Chris Causley said that the museum’s upcoming slate will kick off with a book and media sale for two weekends in September. The sale will run Sept. 19-20 and 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

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Published August 12, 2015

WARREN — World War II reached its bloody, climactic end in the Pacific on Aug. 14, 1945. The next day, the Allies celebrated victory over Japan and the cessation of hostilities that had claimed tens of millions of lives.

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Published August 10, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A “tribute to our armed forces and their families” is planned for Aug. 19 at Veterans Memorial Park.

Lac Ste Claire Kiwanis will host a Military Memorial Concert to raise money for several military support groups beginning at 7 p.m. at the park, located on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard, with the Plymouth Fife & Drum Corps as well as honor guards representing each branch of service.

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Published August 10, 2015

WARREN — Military veterans in need of mental health services are encouraged to attend a mental health summit Aug. 13 at Macomb Community College’s South Campus.

The Detroit VA Healthcare System’s Mental Health Services will hold “Making the VA Work for You” in K Building from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. South Campus is located at 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren. All military branches are welcome.

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Published August 7, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores will remember the final end of World War II on Aug. 15 with an event showcasing rare photographs, artifacts and a chance to meet veterans who fought in the Pacific.

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Published July 24, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Roseville resident Bill Palmer served as a medic with the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II, but it was not until his 90th birthday July 17 at his Roseville home that he received formal recognition for his life-saving efforts during the 1940s.

Palmer was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, the son of a Canadian man and a Roseville-raised mother. He said that when Canada declared war on Germany in September 1939, he went to Windsor to enlist and lied about his age so that they would accept him despite being only 16.

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Published July 22, 2015

Two fire trucks honored Emma Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, with a water cannon salute as she departed from Oakland County International Airport to meet the president the morning of July 17.

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Published May 27, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The scene at the city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony was nothing short of picturesque as the sun cascaded over a group of residents, veterans and city officials who congregated to remember the nation’s fallen soldiers.

At 9 a.m. May 22 on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road, attendees took an hour out of their day to celebrate Memorial Day — the federal holiday designed to remember the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

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Published May 27, 2015

Like the men and women who served in World War II — who often didn’t call attention to their sacrifice or service — a plaque with the names of J.L. Hudson store employees who served hangs in a quiet spot at Oakland Mall that could be easy to miss.

The plaque had been displayed inside the Macy’s store at Northland Center until the center’s closure in April due to lack of success and customer trends, according to Macy’s officials.

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Published May 27, 2015

With cheers ringing out for the local weatherman, the 63rd annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade sailed down Jefferson Avenue under dry skies.

“It’s a great day,” said Navy Medical Corp Ensign Amol Kamat, of Grosse Pointe Shores. “We thought we’d come out and show our support for fellow military members.”

And Julie Schaefer, of St. Clair Shores, said this was the best Memorial Day Parade she’d seen in 23 years.

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Published May 20, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The annual Memorial Day commemoration in Grosse Pointe Woods is a big affair, one that draws large crowds that include veterans and their families.

“We have been honoring veterans for 33 years,” Historical Commission member Suzanne Kent said in an email.

More than 500 people attend the event each year, which is hosted by the Grosse Pointe Woods Historical Commission. This year’s event will be held at 10 a.m. May 25 at the Circle of Honor on Vernier at Mack.

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Published May 18, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Bringing together Hollywood, music, military and American history, the 63rd annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will step off at 1 p.m. May 24 at Nine Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue.

This year, a 5-foot section of the World Trade Center will travel the parade route north to 11 Mile Road with the St. Clair Shores Fire Department and the Honor Guard, as well as be on display beforehand at Central Fire Station, 26700 Harper Ave., from noon-4 p.m. May 23.

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Published May 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Brian Bobek joined the United States Army in 1966 and found himself in the jungles of Vietnam one year later.

Now, as the president of Chapter 154 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, or VVA, Bobek said those days were instilled with fury due to the rousing anti-war sentiment from those back home.

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