Senate to honor veterans at Memorial Day Service

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate will hold its 21st Annual Memorial Day Service in the Senate chamber on Thursday, May 21. The event is a way to pay respect to fallen soldiers as well as all past and current members of the military.

“Memorial Day helps us remember that freedom is a wonderful blessing, but it comes with great sacrifice,” said state Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “I am grateful that the lives of Michiganders who paid the ultimate sacrifice will be honored at the Senate’s annual Memorial Day Service.”

Lawmakers will honor soldiers from their districts who died in the past 12 months. Families who lost loved ones will also be recognized by the Senate.

Local veteran service organizations interested in posting their colors at the May 21 ceremony, scheduled for 10 a.m., should RSVP to Shirkey’s office at 1-517-373-5932 or by sending an email to MikeShirkey@senate.mi.gov by noon on Monday, May 18.

Shirkey took time on Thursday to remind veterans that they may have unused resources available that are designed to aid them as they pursue goals and careers here at home.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) was launched two years ago to improve customer service to the state’s more than 660,000 veterans so they can receive the benefits they’ve earned.

The agency works with the federal Veterans Administration, state and county agencies along with more than 1,000 community and veterans service organizations. Programs and services involve health care, disability compensation, education, employment and more.

Please call 1-800-MICH-VET or visit www.MichiganVeterans.com for free assistance.