Emmons welcomes area veterans to Senate Memorial Day Service

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons welcomed World War II and Korean War veterans from Harrison to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate’s 21st Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan’s fallen soldiers and paid respect to all past and current service members.

“We owe a great debt to the brave patriots who answered the nation’s call to defend our liberty. We enjoy the blessings of freedom today due to the selfless courage of America’s servicemen and women, many of whom protected our lives at the cost of their own,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “I was proud to have these outstanding veterans at the Capitol for the Senate’s solemn ceremony as we remember the soldiers who died in the defense of freedom and make sure the legacy of their sacrifice and service is never taken for granted or forgotten.”

“I encourage everyone to never lose sight of the meaning of Memorial Day and to take time to remember the true cost of freedom — the sacrifice of countless fallen heroes.”

Bill Gieske is a veteran of World War II, Bob Davis served in the U.S. Army under Gen. Douglas McArthur and Fred Hollister is a Korean War veteran. All three men are members of American Legion Post 404 Honor Guard in Harrison and presented the colors during the ceremony.

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Editor’s Note: The above photograph of Emmons and the Harrison veterans is available by clicking on the above image or by visiting Emmons’ website at: www.SenatorJudyEmmons.com. Click on Photowire under the Media Center tab.

Video of Emmons and the ceremony is available on Emmons’ website. Click on Video under the Media Center tab.