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

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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Published April 29, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The service members who defended the U.S. during World War II never forget the experience, and two of them will share their stories during a special presentation this weekend.

Army veteran Douglas Harvey and Marines veteran Frank Torre will talk about their service and homecoming during the program “Stories of Service” at 1 p.m. May 7 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road at Hall Road.

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Published April 8, 2016

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum is on the move.

Two years after the nonprofit established its collection of historic vehicles, military artifacts, and recorded veteran histories in a space on Industrial Drive in St. Clair Shores, Museum Director John Lind and the leaser confirmed that they had reached a mutual financial agreement to forego the remaining four months of the museum’s lease. Under the terms of the agreement, the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy must vacate the property by May 8.

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Published March 30, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — She is recognized by her stern face, her red polka dot bandana, her blue work shirt and flexing forearm.

The “she” is Rosie the Riveter, who generations have identified with as a symbol of women’s efforts during World War II.

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Published March 15, 2016

Students in Christopher Schoonover’s and Andrew Shipp’s history classes at Athens High School read about the Korean War in their textbooks, but Robert Charbonneau brought it to life when he visited the school March 11.

“When you hear it from a veteran, it’s more real. It’s cool listening to his experiences,” said sophomore Jacob Brantley. “I know how he fought for our country and how strong we are (as a country) today.”

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Published March 14, 2016

FRASER — It was difficult to find a dry eye March 10 at Twain Elementary.

The entire K-6 student body, along with teachers and Principal Ed Skowneski, were packed into the school’s gymnasium to watch students from another school perform jump rope tricks as part of the Jump Rope for Heart initiative to benefit the American Heart Association.

After nearly a half hour of entertainment, Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark English, dressed in his fatigues, snuck into the gymnasium through a door facing the students’ backs.

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Published March 11, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will liven up the skies around Harrison Township next year when they come by to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

Next year’s Selfridge Open House and Air Show will be held Aug. 19-20, 2017.

The Thunderbirds are headlining the two-day centennial event.

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Published March 9, 2016

FRASER — All Kelly Jenks wanted was for her sixth-grade Salk Elementary class to appreciate and respect military veterans.

But in doing so, the teacher received quite a bit of gratitude in return.

On Feb. 23, Jenks was inundated with praise by members of Fraser VFW Post 6691, and also received admiration from the very students she teaches.

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Published March 9, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a proponent of assistance to veterans and families of service members, Bryan Mazey has been named the grand marshal of the 64th St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade. 

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Published March 8, 2016

BERKLEY — The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major World War II battle that is now part of the history of the United States, and often a photo of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi is associated with the battle.

But after that flag was raised, it was another incident at Iwo Jima that was ingrained in the mind of Berkley native Edward “Mort” Denell.

Denell was a private first class in the 26th Marine Corps regiment and fought at Iwo Jima.

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Published March 2, 2016

Mike Sand said his military deference was always in his blood.

A Fraser resident since 1974, Sand recalls his father bringing him to parades and other functions that paid respect to military personnel. He always wondered why his father’s reverence was so strong.

His father, who was in a motor pool during World War II, died at the age of 48. Following his passing, Sand finally asked his mother about his father’s duties in the line of battle. According to her, he had shell shock and would wake up in cold sweats in the middle of the night.

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