***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Senate to hold 26th Annual Memorial Day Service outdoors on Tuesday

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday will renew its annual tribute honoring Michigan residents who made the ultimate sacrifice defending America during a special outdoor ceremony organized by Sen. Michael D. MacDonald.

WHAT:
Michigan Senate’s 26th Annual Memorial Day Service

WHO:
Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township;
Featured speaker retired U.S. Air Force Col. Ken Pratt, founding member and board chairman of the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center;
Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II;
Members of the Michigan Senate;
Members of the Michigan National Guard; and
Honored guests and Gold Star Families.

WHERE:
Michigan Capitol, East Lawn, Lansing

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 15, at 10 a.m.

BRIEF:
Until the 2020 ceremony was canceled due to the pandemic, the Michigan Senate had suspended its session activities around Memorial Day for 25 years to remember the men and women who have died in service to the country. On Tuesday, the Senate will renew that tradition.

The Senate’s 26th Annual Memorial Day Service will honor the sacrifices of Michigan’s fallen soldiers and recognize their families.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be retired U.S. Air Force Col. Ken Pratt, founding member and board chairman of the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center, a nonprofit organization that serves veterans, members of the military, and their family members at four Freedom Center locations at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the Military Entrance Processing Stations in Troy and Lansing.

After serving 29 years with the Air Force and the Michigan Air National Guard, Pratt worked as a pilot and caption for both Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

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