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From infantryman to medicine man

Macomb County

From infantryman to medicine man

August 27, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Hugh McLeod is a self-proclaimed “army brat” who learned the military lifestyle through his father. McLeod, 41, is a physician assistant in the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion of the U.S. ...Read More

Cities to remember 9/11 with Patriot Day

Farmington

Cities to remember 9/11 with Patriot Day

August 26, 2015

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — The American Legion Groves-Walker Post 346, of Farmington, along with the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, will honor and remember the fallen during the annual 9/11 Patriot Day ...Read More

Nation’s oldest veteran dies at 110

West Bloomfield

Nation’s oldest veteran dies at 110

August 18, 2015

Emma “Big Mama” Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, died at Heartland of West Bloomfield Aug. 16. She was 110 years old. A mother of five, Didlake outlived her children and her husband.On July 17, ...Read More

Guest speakers and media sale coming to museum

Eastpointe

Guest speakers and media sale coming to museum

August 14, 2015

EASTPOINTE — The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum is still solidifying its events for the fall and winter, but it already has booked a series of guest speakers and planned a media sale. President ...Read More

The end through their eyes

Metro Detroit

The end through their eyes

August 12, 2015

WARREN — World War II reached its bloody, climactic end in the Pacific on Aug. 14, 1945. The next day, the Allies celebrated victory over Japan and the cessation of hostilities that had claimed tens of millions of ...Read More

Royal Oak

Public invited to grand V-J Day celebration

August 11, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Everyone is invited to the grand celebration, Kiss Me Once Again, in honor of the 70th anniversary of V-J Day and the end of World War II.The Michigan World War II Legacy Memorial is hosting the fete 1-4 ...Read More

Madison Heights

Local VFW post reopened, rebuilding

August 7, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — When someone serving in the military returns from a combat zone overseas, they may feel lost and confused. Life went on while they were away from home; friends went to college, found jobs and started ...Read More

Roseville war veteran honored at 90th birthday

Roseville

Roseville war veteran honored at 90th birthday

July 24, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Roseville resident Bill Palmer served as a medic with the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II, but it was not until his 90th birthday July 17 at his Roseville home that he received formal recognition ...Read More

Oldest living veteran meets Obama

West Bloomfield

Oldest living veteran meets Obama

July 22, 2015

Two fire trucks honored Emma Didlake, the nation’s oldest veteran, with a water cannon salute as she departed from Oakland County International Airport to meet the president the morning of July 17.The 110-year-old ...Read More

Shelby Township

Talent show to support military members and their families

June 24, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — In an effort to raise funds for the emergency needs of active and veteran military members and their families, a Rochester-based nonprofit organization will host a karaoke and talent show June 26 in ...Read More

Community honors fallen soldiers

Southfield

Community honors fallen soldiers

May 27, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — The scene at the city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony was nothing short of picturesque as the sun cascaded over a group of residents, veterans and city officials who congregated to remember the ...Read More

Plaque for WWII vets displayed at Oakland Mall

Troy

Plaque for WWII vets displayed at Oakland Mall

May 27, 2015

Like the men and women who served in World War II — who often didn’t call attention to their sacrifice or service — a plaque with the names of J.L. Hudson store employees who served hangs in a quiet spot at ...Read More

Parade marches on with cheering crowds

St. Clair Shores

Parade marches on with cheering crowds

May 27, 2015

With cheers ringing out for the local weatherman, the 63rd annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade sailed down Jefferson Avenue under dry skies. ...Read More

Woods continues longstanding tradition of honoring veterans

Grosse Pointe Woods

Woods continues longstanding tradition of honoring veterans

May 20, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The annual Memorial Day commemoration in Grosse Pointe Woods is a big affair, one that draws large crowds that include veterans and their families. “We have been honoring veterans for 33 ...Read More

Fraser family reflects on military background

Fraser

Fraser family reflects on military background

May 19, 2015

FRASER — The term “brothers and sisters in arms” describes how solidarity is essential on the battlefield. For one family, its meaning is taken literally. The Squier family hails from Fraser, but the ...Read More

Clinton Township

Traveling Vietnam Wall coming to township for Memorial Day weekend

May 19, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — For the second time in five years, the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica — The Wall That Heals — will find itself in Clinton Township during Memorial Day weekend. The ...Read More

‘Rudy,’ World Trade Center relic to be part of 63rd Memorial Day Parade

St. Clair Shores

‘Rudy,’ World Trade Center relic to be part of 63rd Memorial Day Parade

May 18, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Bringing together Hollywood, music, military and American history, the 63rd annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will step off at 1 p.m. May 24 at Nine Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue. This ...Read More

Veterans celebrated at V-E Day events

St. Clair Shores

Veterans celebrated at V-E Day events

May 13, 2015

The City of Warren and the St. Clair Shores-based Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum held separate events to honor veterans in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of V-E Day May 8. The date marks the end of ...Read More

New VVA facility is a blessing for local veterans

Clinton Township

New VVA facility is a blessing for local veterans

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 ...Read More

Celebration, recognition will mark V-E Day anniversary

Royal Oak

Celebration, recognition will mark V-E Day anniversary

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 ...Read More

Clinton Township honors vets by going purple

Clinton Township

Clinton Township honors vets by going purple

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, ...Read More

Veteran awarded France’s highest honor

Warren

Veteran awarded France’s highest honor

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 ...Read More

Military museum announces upcoming event plans

Eastpointe

Military museum announces upcoming event plans

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 ...Read More

V-E Day events planned in Warren, St. Clair Shores

St. Clair Shores

V-E Day events planned in Warren, St. Clair Shores

March 30, 2015

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 ...Read More

St. Clair Shores

Museum to explore Battle of Okinawa

March 26, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum will host a program about the bloody Battle of Okinawa beginning at 1 p.m. April 4. Okinawa was the largest invasion in history and the last major battle ...Read More

Stories sought for end-of-war feature

Metro Detroit

Stories sought for end-of-war feature

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 ...Read More

Veteran honored with high school diploma

Warren

Veteran honored with high school diploma

March 16, 2015

WARREN — When James Kump enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1953 during the Korean War, he was only 17 and had not completed his high school education.But he left his studies behind as the cry to serve his country ...Read More

War Memorial feeds need in homeless veterans program

Detroit

War Memorial feeds need in homeless veterans program

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 ...Read More

Museum to host program on WWII paratrooper training

Metro Detroit

Museum to host program on WWII paratrooper training

March 6, 2015

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

Local Girl Scout vows to sell more than 2,000 cookies

Farmington Hills

Local Girl Scout vows to sell more than 2,000 cookies

March 4, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Monetary donations are used to send Girl Scout cookies to troops overseas through the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan’s Troops to Troops program, through a partnership with Operation Troop Aid ...Read More