Governor Whitmer honors fallen heroes on Memorial Day


May 30, 2022

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Governor Whitmer honors fallen heroes on Memorial Day

LANSING, Mich. Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared May 30, 2022 as a Memorial Day to remember and honor the brave military members who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the liberty and security of our state and nation.

“The success of our state and nation would not be possible without the brave soldiers who have served in our armed forces and lost their lives defending our freedoms,” he said Governor Whitmer. “I challenge all Michiganders to get involved in honoring our nation’s fallen heroes. Join a Memorial Day parade, display the American flag in your backyard, or attend a local Memorial Day event and express your appreciation and gratitude to the families 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’s Homes, the National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to stop and observe a moment of stillness wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m. local time on Memorial Day. The U.S. Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act in December 2000 to establish and establish the timing when commemoration of Memorial Day should be encouraged.

“Our nation’s fallen heroes are not just soldiers, they are a Father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter or spouse who served valiantly in our armed forces,” said US Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the DMVA. “Memorial Day is about honor, service and what we have sacrificed as a nation.”

The State Veterans Cemetery located on the Michigan Veteran Homes Grand Rapids campus at 2950 Monroe Avenue NE, Grand Rapids is open to visitors and visitors may enter the cemetery through the main entrance at Lamberton Street NE. Those interested in visiting either of Michigan’s two national veterans’ cemeteries should contact the cemetery directly for updated visitor information.

Check out the proclamation here.

About the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

The Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) synchronizes strategic, legislative and fiscal initiatives to build and maintain military preparedness, care and advocacy for veterans and foster purposeful partnerships. Branch operations include Michigan Veteran Homes, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, State Operations, Army National Guard and Air National Guard, which support our mission to serve every member. For more information, please visit:


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