Northern Michigan Chapter News & Announcements

NMC Compatriots Escort WWII Veterans for Honor Flight

On September 13, NMC Compatriots John Sawyer and Joseph Conger had the privilege of being escorts and guardians to a WWII veteran and a Korean War veteran as part of Honor Flight, an organization dedicated to "transport America’s Veterans to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends." John Sawyer escorted Erwin Kowalski U.S. Army who served in Korea, and Joseph Conger was guardian for Raymond Weiss, USMC WWII Iwo Jima survivor.

It was a one day flight, leaving Traverse City, Michigan direct and arriving in Washington DC after about 90 minutes. No traffic problems were encountered becauase four buses of 80 veterans enjoyed a Police Escort to the memorial sites. The guardians and their veterans visited the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Viet Nam Memorial. The most challenging to navigate was the Viet Nam Memorial because the Park Service still has it in cobble stone, making it difficult to push wheelchairs. The party also visited the Tomb of the “Unknown Soldier," and watched the changing of the guard and the placing of a new wreath on the tomb. Next, there was a briefing about Arlington by the Chief of the Guards stationed at Fort Meyer.

As everyone departed the National Cemetery, the buses had a close encounter with a casket caisson burial ceremony in progress. Police escort rerouted the caravan. The group then proceeded to the U.S. Air Force Memorial and enjoyed a boxed dinner before returning to Reagan National Airport. The party's reception at the Traverse City airport was overwhelming with about 300 people, all carrying flags, greeting the travelers at the terminal.

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NMC Presents Local Elks Lodge With Flag Certificate

The NMC held a joint induction meeting with the local DAR in Traverse City on Saturday, June 17, and honored local Elks Lodge #323 with a Flag Certificate in a special Flag Day ceremony. Compatriot Joe Conger was on hand to present Terri and Roger representing the Elks Lodge with their certificate, and he also gave a talk to the assembly on the subject of Bernardo de Galvez, the fourth governor of Spanish Louisiana who led the Louisiana militia against the British during the Revolution.

NMC Presents Law Enforcement Awards to Roscommon County Officers

Two officers from Roscommon County were recognized by the NMC in May for their efforts in saving lives in recent local events. They were Deputy Sheriff Joe Quintana and police officer Norm LaBonte. Each received a Law Enforcement Commendation medal and certificate.

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Kirtland College Receives Flying the Flag Certificate

NMC Compatriot Gerald Wall presents Dr. Thomas Quinn, President of Kirtland College in Grayling and MaryAnn Ferrigan, Chair of Board of Trustees with a Flag Certificate for the proper display of the American Flag. The Kirtland Health Sciences Center in Grayling is a new high-tech training center for several two-year and health sciences programs.