Senate’s 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service honors Michigan’s fallen soldiers

On Thursday, May 26, the Michigan Senate joined with the families of fallen soldiers from across the state and other guests to remember and pay tribute to those who gave their lives defending our country.

Sen. Patrick Colbeck hosted the Senate’s 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service.

“It was a privilege and a distinct honor to join my colleagues in honoring the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Colbeck. “There is no greater love than to lay one’s life down on behalf of a friend. Whether we know them personally or not, our freedom is a tribute to many such friends throughout the history of this great nation.”

The Memorial Day Service was held in the Michigan Senate chamber and featured current and former military personnel, representatives from military posts, and families of fallen soldiers throughout the state.

The keynote speaker for the event was a recent inductee to the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame and former World War II B-17 pilot, Dr. John A. Clark, who served in the 100th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, where he completed 32 missions over Germany during 1944-45.

As part of the ceremony, lawmakers placed folded American flags in a special basket for the two U.S. soldiers from Michigan who lost their lives in the last year.

The service also included several performances, including “Amazing Grace,” by the Kalamazoo Pipe Band; the singing of the National Anthem by Ms. Deborah Drick; the reading of the names of the fallen Michigan soldiers by Sen. Jim Stamas, a U.S. Army veteran; the retirement of colors and the playing of taps by the Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars’ State Honor Guard; and closing remarks by Sen. Colbeck.

The Michigan Senate held its first Memorial Day Service in 1995 at the initiative of former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, who was then a state senator.