LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Patrick Colbeck and the Michigan Senate will take part in a special ceremony during session on Thursday, May 24, in honor of Memorial Day and Michigan soldiers who have lost their lives in service.
Colbeck said this Memorial Day is especially significant because it commemorates the nation’s 150th Memorial Day honoring America’s fallen.
“Our freedom, the liberty we dare not take for granted, is an inheritance given to us by those who fought and died to defend it,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the heroes who gave their lives and to the families that lost their beloved children.
“Far from a mere holiday, Memorial Day is a call to action — a call to honor, a call to recognize our blessings, and a call to not disappoint those who sacrificed before us as we carry on the eternal fight against evil.”
With this year marking the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, the history of the event is also important. In Michigan the state Senate has held a special ceremony to especially honor Michigan’s fallen, a tradition started by former U.S. congressman, and then state senator, Mike Rogers.
Sen. Colbeck has coordinated the event for the past several years after taking over those duties from former state Sen. John Pappageorge.
The service will be conducted on May 24 beginning at 10 a.m. Seating within the Senate chamber is reserved for the families of fallen military servicemen and for other military members who are directly participating in the event. The Capitol’s main common areas will be open for members of the general public who are interested in coming to Lansing to show their support.
“I encourage everyone to take a moment this Memorial Day to pray for our heroes, now gone but never forgotten,” Colbeck said. “Please also consider thanking the families of the fallen, or donating time or resources to a local veterans group.”
To view footage from Michigan’s previous Senate Memorial Day services please visit http://www.senatorpatrickcolbeck.com/memorial-day-service/.