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Nofs' photowire: State Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, welcomes Major General Clark W. LeMasters Jr. (right) to the Michigan Capitol for the 2017 Memorial Day Service at the Michigan Senate. Major General LeMasters Jr. is the commanding general at the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake; Army Spc. Douglas Cockroft; and Phil Sponsler (not pictured) paid tribute in the Senate on Thursday to those who gave their lives defending America. Cockroft, a U.S. Army veteran, was Shirkey's guest for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the ceremony honors the service members who fought with bravery to defend the nation's freedom.
May 25th 2017
Please post the attached with the following cutline: Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, (left) and Steve Johnson paid tribute in the Senate Thursday to those who gave their lives defending our country. Johnson, an Air Force veteran who served from 1971-1977, was the lawmaker's guest for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service. Each year, the ceremony honors the service members who fought with bravery to defend our nation's freedom.
May 25th 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, stands with Lt. Col. Denny Gillem of the United States Army on the Senate floor prior to the start of Thursday's Memorial Day Ceremony.
May 25th 2017
State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, and Army Lt. Col. Denny Gillem stand for a photo next to the Battlefield Cross as it is displayed on the Senate floor.
May 25th 2017
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, welcomed Army Spc. Vaughn Begick of Bay City to the Michigan Capitol for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service on Thursday.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Marty Knollenberg welcomes Carmen Johnson, president of the Troy Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers to the Capitol for Thursday's Memorial Day Ceremony.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Marty Knollenberg stands with Tom Bustance, Commander of the Berkley American Legion Post 374, next to the Battlefield Cross as it is displayed on the Senate floor.
May 25th 2017
LANSING, Mich. - State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, welcomed Jesús Lozano, Petty Officer 3rd Class and Commander of the Linden American Legion Post 119, to the Michigan Capitol for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service on Thursday. Lozano was an aviation electronics technician during the Vietnam Era and served in North Atlantic. He also serves as the Sergeant of Arms for American Legion District 6 and was joined by his wife Pat at Thursday's ceremony.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, welcomed World War II veteran Leonard Robinson and his family to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored members of the military from Michigan who died within the past year. Robinson is also the grandfather of Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (Navy SEAL) Heath Robinson, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. Pictured from left: Heath's father Dan Robinson, Dan's wife Kathy Archer, Helen Robinson, Leonard Robinson and Schmidt.
May 25th 2017
Please post this photo with the following cutline: Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, welcomed Major General Gregory Vadnais to the Michigan Senate for the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service on May 25. Major Gen. Vadnais is the Adjutant General of the Michigan National Guard and the Director of Military and Veterans Affairs for Michigan.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien (center-right), R-Portage, is joined by Rep. Maturen (right) and the Kalamazoo Pipe Band at the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service on May 25.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, leads the Michigan Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance during the 23rd Annual Senate Memorial Day Service on May 25.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
The Michigan Senate on Thursday held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which paid tribute to the members of the armed forces from Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice.
May 25th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, welcomed U.S. Army Capt. Jon Hall of St. Joseph to the state Capitol on Thursday as his guest for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Hall is an Iraq War veteran and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He is currently a manager at Whirlpool and a member of U.S. Rep. Fred Upton's Military Academy Advisory Committee.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, welcomed Vietnam veteran Dave Davison of Luna Pier to the state Capitol on Thursday as his special guest for the Michigan Senate's 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan's fallen soldiers. Davison served six years in the U.S. Army, including two years in Vietnam. He is currently the mayor of Luna Pier and the twin brother of Michael Davison, who was Zorn's guest last year.
May 25th 2017
Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, (left) welcomed the Rev. Charles Donajkowski to the Michigan Senate on Wednesday to deliver the invocation before the start of Senate session. Father Donajkowski is the pastor at Holy Family Catholic Church in East Tawas and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda.
May 24th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, welcomes the Rev. Terry Boyd to the Michigan Capitol. Boyd serves as pastor at Sycamore Baptist Church in Jackson and delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session.
May 24th 2017
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, on Monday presented a travelling trophy to Watervliet High School in recognition of the school and community winning the senator's 2017 Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament, which is designed to inspire students to show off their school pride in fun and imaginative ways. The social networking contest spanned five weeks and featured 31 area high schools, which were divided into four brackets named for features that characterize Southwest Michigan. The Panthers won the championship by scoring more than 100,000 points and submitting more than 2,700 photos, which received more than 86,000 likes on Facebook.
May 24th 2017
State Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, visited with Branch County students at the YMCA's Michigan Youth in Government (MYIG) legislative appreciation breakfast on Wednesday. MIYG's mission is to provide leadership training to meet the needs of a democratic society and to develop an understanding and awareness of state government and national issues. Pictured from left: Emma Grife from Coldwater High School; Meredith Grife from Coldwater High School; Shirkey; Kyle Germann of Coldwater High School; and Quincy High School student Luke Rufenacht, who currently serves as 2017-18 youth governor.
May 24th 2017
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, pins a Vietnam veteran lapel pin on the coat of Chief Petty Officer Jack Beattie in the office of Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, at the Michigan Capitol. Beattie served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1991 and is one of the survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty.
May 24th 2017
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, and Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, on Tuesday presented a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to Chief Petty Officer Jack Beattie (center left) at the Michigan Capitol. Capt. Luke Clyburn (left) joined the senators for the presentation to Beattie, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1991 and is one of the survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty.
May 24th 2017
Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, and Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, on Tuesday presented a Vietnam veteran lapel pin to Chief Petty Officer Jack Beattie (center left) at the Michigan Capitol. Capt. Luke Clyburn (left) joined the senators for the presentation to Beattie, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1991 and is one of the survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty.
May 24th 2017

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