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Gov. Whitmer Honors Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer has recognized May 29, 2023 as Memorial Day to remember and pay honor to the courageous service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the freedom and security of our state and nation.

“We owe the freedoms and liberties we enjoy every day to brave men and women who served our nation in uniform and gave everything they had,” said Gov. Whitmer. “On Memorial Day I urge Michiganders to honor our fallen heroes by attending a Memorial Day parade, displaying the American flag in your yard, or finding a local Memorial Day event to honor those who have lost loved ones.”

While there are many ways to honor Memorial Day, including hiring a veteran or volunteering at one of our state veteran homes, The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause and observe a moment of silence wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. The U.S. Congress passed The National Moment of Remembrance Act in December of 2000 to establish and designate the time to encourage commemoration of Memorial Day.

“Today, we stand in gratitude for the selflessness and sacrifice made by our nation’s fallen,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “As we honor these heroes and their families, let us also extend our gratitude to the members of the armed forces who continue to serve.”

The state veterans cemetery on the campus of Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids at 2950 Monroe Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, is open for visitation and visitors can access the cemetery through the main entrance on Lamberton Street NE. Those interested in visiting one of Michigan’s two national veterans cemeteries should contact the cemetery directly regarding updated visitor information,

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