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Senate honors Michigan’s fallen soldiers

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday celebrated its 27th Annual Memorial Day Service honoring residents who made the ultimate sacrifice defending America during a special ceremony organized by Sen. Michael D. MacDonald.

“This annual Senate tribute is a time for us to put aside our differences and come together as Americans to remember, honor and pay respects to those who have given their lives in service to our country,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “It is one small way we can recognize the men and women who put country before self and made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may remain free. It is also a time to celebrate everything they fought for and died to protect.”

The keynote speaker for the service was retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Doug Slocum. Slocum served for 35 years as a fighter pilot, known by the call sign “Odie,” and most recently as commanding general of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Under his leadership, the men and women of the base earned numerous accolades including awards for being the top Air National Guard wing in the country, the top fighter aircraft organization, and the most efficient aerial tanker wing in the Air Force. He is a member of the Macomb County Hall of Fame and is active in a wide variety of community charitable organizations.

Several senators who are veterans and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II also spoke and participated in the event.

At the beginning of the ceremony, MacDonald introduced Pastor Tim Berlin of Faith Baptist Church in Clinton Township to give the invocation.

MacDonald later introduced sophomore Brooke Pozzi from Lutheran North High School in Macomb to perform the National Anthem.

“As we remember those who gave the full measure to preserve our freedom, let us honor them by living our lives in a manner worthy of their sacrifice,” MacDonald said.

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