Senate, Shirkey honor Michigan’s fallen soldiers

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, paid tribute on Tuesday to those who gave their lives defending our country.

The Michigan Senate’s 26th Annual Memorial Day Service, held on the east lawn of the state Capitol, honored service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice while in uniform.

Shirkey welcomed as his guest to the ceremony Hillsdale resident and Vietnam war veteran, Jeff Francis, who served in the Army’s 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, air medal, and the Army commendation medal with “V” device for valor.

The Senate has traditionally held the ceremony indoors around Memorial Day to honor and remember the men and women who have died in service to the country. This year’s event was held outdoors on the beautiful capitol lawn, which allowed for the inclusion of an authentic 21-gun salute to appropriately honor the fallen.

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Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey welcomed Army veteran Jeff Francis to the Senate’s 26th Annual Memorial Day ceremony on Tuesday, June 15.

Members of the American Legion fire a 21-gun salute in honor of fallen soldiers during the Senate’s 26th Annual Memorial Day ceremony on Tuesday, June 15.