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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Published May 6, 2015

ROYAL OAK — An anniversary celebration and tribute will be held Friday in honor of the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day.

V-E Day signifies the end of World War II in Europe. World War II had two major fronts — one in the Pacific and one in Europe — and May 8, 1945, was the end of the war in Europe.

The 70th anniversary celebration will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 8 at Memorial Park, the future home of the World War II Legacy Memorial at the northeast corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

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Published May 4, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Military service is a distinct area of American life, and local veterans are doing their best to make sure they are being honored the right way.

At Clinton Township’s April 20 board meeting, Commander Larry Pretzer, adjutant Joseph Didia, Chaplain Charles Larsen and John Smeekens presented Supervisor Bob Cannon and the Board of Trustees with a Purple Heart plaque and a flag to be placed inside the Civic Center.

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Published May 4, 2015

WARREN — Like many veterans of World War II, Steve Scarsella speaks little about his military service, other than to say he did the job he was asked to do.

He was born in Italy and came to the United States in 1937. He was made a citizen when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943. Eight months later, he landed in northern France to fight the Germans on D-Day.

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Published April 22, 2015

EASTPOINTE — While the series of guest speakers and talks at the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum may be finished for the moment, its administrators still have some plans for the spring and summer months.

Chris Causley, president of the museum, said on-site activities are limited to two in June. The museum is hosting a rummage sale June 6, and Causley said the museum will hold a car show June 12.

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Published March 30, 2015

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WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — On May 8, 1945, German forces laid down their arms to end World War II in Europe.

That date, V-E Day as it is now remembered, marked the end of the bloodiest conflict in European history, and also the beginning of the end of the most destructive war the world has ever known.

Events planned in Warren and St. Clair Shores next month will commemorate the 70th anniversary.

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Published March 26, 2015

Did you, a parent or grandparent fight in World War II, work in a factory to support the war effort, or plant a “victory garden” to feed the family when wartime rationing made things scarce?

If the answer is yes, then we want you, or them.

World War II ended 70 years ago this year with the formal surrender of Japan on Sept. 2, 1945. On May 8, the world will recognize the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, which marked the end of the war in Europe.

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Published March 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS/DETROIT — Lunch is such a seemingly simple thing, something many don’t give much thought to until noon rolls around and they consider where they can grab a quick bite before heading back to work.

But for someone who’s homeless, lunch can be an unfilled need. And when those who are homeless are also veterans, it adds another layer of tragedy to this national crisis.

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Published March 6, 2015

METRO DETROIT — Do you have what it takes to be a World War II paratrooper?

Wait, back up. Let’s not even get into the fighting they encountered. That’s a separate issue, one you’re certainly not prepared for.

The same goes for their basic training. Suffice it to say it was grueling, agonizing and spread over weeks. It wasn’t for the faint of heart, mind, body or spirit.

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Published March 4, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS— Selling 2,015 cookies in about a month might make some crack under pressure, but not East Middle School eighth-grader and Girl Scout Cadette Nyia George, who set this mark as a personal goal this year.

“I usually don’t sell that much, just sell to family and friends, but I wanted to go a little bit bigger,” the pint-size Farmington Hills resident said. “You can sell as many as you please.”

Last year, Nyia sold 750 boxes of cookies; the year before that, she had 880 of the delectable treats under her belt.

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Published February 18, 2015

ROCHESTER — A 78-year-old Air Force veteran who left high school to fight for his country recently received his diploma from the Rochester Community Schools district.

“Sixty years ago, in 1954, an 11th-grader from Rochester High School left high school to serve in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict,” said Lori Grein, RCS director of community relations. “Three years later, in 1957, he earned his general education development credential, otherwise known as the GED. However, he never received his diploma.”

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Published November 5, 2014

FRASER — An old military credo states, “Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.”

With American patriotism revving up for Veterans Day, a group of local VFW members want to keep liberty alive in the community they call home.

After receiving confirmation from Fraser Mayor Doug Hagerty and the city’s Department of Public Works, representatives of Fraser VFW Post 6691 — located near Garfield and 14 Mile roads — decided to beautify a World War II memorial that sits at Fraser City Hall.

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