LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 24th Annual Memorial Day Service, honoring the state’s fallen military heroes.
One member was memorialized this year with a folded American flag placed in a special basket in front of the Senate rostrum.
“The Senate’s Memorial Day Service is an important, special day when we pause to remember and honor those who gave their lives for our country,” said Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford. “It is truly a privilege to be a part of this wonderful Senate tradition.”
This year’s featured guest speaker was Medal of Honor recipient, former U.S. Army combat medic James McCloughan, of South Haven. McCloughan received the medal last year for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” during a bloody, two-day battle of the Vietnam War in 1969.
A processional of honored guests, including members from veteran service organizations, the Kalamazoo Pipe Band and a color guard, filled the Senate chamber. Senators were joined at their desks by invited guests, most of whom were veterans from their districts, and by members of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard, among others. A bugler closed out the ceremony with a playing of taps.
The Senate’s Memorial Day Service began in 1994 at the direction of former Senate Majority Leader and Congressman Mike Rogers.
Those interested in watching the Senate Memorial Day Service may do so at MISenate.viebit.com, where an archive will be available to stream or download.