Senate holds 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service

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LANSING, Mich. —The Michigan Senate held its 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service in the Senate chamber on Thursday, said Senator Margaret O’Brien.

The service honors Michigan soldiers who died within the past year.

Senator O’Brien welcomed State Representative David Maturen as her guest to the ceremony. Representative Maturen is a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served from 1971 until 1973.

“This annual service is an important time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice that was made by many to defend our nation and protect our freedom,” said Sen. O’Brien, chair of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. “I was honored to have been joined by Representative Maturen today as we honored those who paid the highest price for our country.”

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.

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Photo caption (left): 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.

Photo caption (right):  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.