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Michiganders remember Veterans Day

Nov 11, 2014

The mournful sound of taps echoed across the Great Lakes National Cemetery this morning.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

More than 1,000 people attended Veterans Day ceremonies at the cemetery in Holly.

Many came to remember fallen comrades, family members and all who served America as soldiers, sailors and marines.

Patrick Lafferty is the American Legion Department Adjutant. He says it’s important to pause and remember on Veterans Day.

“To ensure that everyone who breathes the fresh aid of freedom is reminded of the price paid and the men and women who paid it,” says Lafferty. 

Many veterans and their families say they continue to pay a price. 

They point to the recent scandals at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  

A small number of World War I veterans are buried at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Many Veterans Day observances in Michigan began at 11 a.m., coinciding with the end of the First World War, which ended at “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.”

“The war to end all wars” began 100 years ago. 

A handful of World War I veterans are among the thousands of people buried at the Great Lakes National Cemetery.