LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate held its 21st Annual Memorial Day Service in the Senate chamber on Thursday, announced state Senator Margaret O’Brien.
O’Brien welcomed U.S. Navy and Vietnam War veteran, T.W. Lane, and his wife, Susan, to the Senate for the ceremony. Lane currently serves as director of Portage-based Lest We Forget our Vets Inc.
“The Michigan Senate has a wonderful tradition of honoring the lives of the men and women of our armed forces,” said O’Brien, R-Portage, chair of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. “Most of us have family members and friends who have bravely served our country in the line of duty. I hope this Memorial Day serves as a reminder of the many sacrifices our servicemen and women have made to protect our freedoms.”
Lawmakers honored soldiers from their districts who died within the past year. Families who lost loved ones were also recognized by the Senate.
The Kalamazoo Pipe Band also participated in the ceremony.
The Michigan Senate held its first Memorial Day Service at the initiative of former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, who was then a state senator.