Reminder: Kowall and Pavlov honoring Vietnam era veterans at Sandusky event

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall and Sen. Phil Pavlov on Monday reminded interested parties of a formal Vietnam veteran lapel pinning ceremony on Saturday, May 27 in commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the war.

The “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans and Their Families” ceremony in Sandusky will be part of the “Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial” event hosted by the students of Sandusky Community Schools over Memorial Day weekend under the direction of Sandusky High School teacher George Lasecki.

Kowall, R-White Lake, and Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, are hosting the lapel pinning to give long-overdue recognition to Vietnam War era veterans and their families. The lawmakers encourage all interested residents and veterans to join them in paying tribute to the men and women who were too often forgotten when they returned home.

Kowall said the lapel pinning, made possible in part by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, in front of the Moving Wall, which will be located in front of the Sanilac County Courthouse, 60 W. Sanilac Road, in Sandusky.

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Kowall and Pavlov will provide a Vietnam War Commemorative Lapel Pin to U.S. veterans who served on active duty at any time from Nov. 1, 1955 – May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It has been touring the country from April to November since 1984. Sandusky students are bringing the Moving Wall to Sanilac County to honor and respect those who made the ultimate sacrifice through remembrance and education. Find out more about the students’ efforts at

The pre-program ceremony will include the Moving Wall on display and a static military vehicle display.

The event also will include:
•    Posting of the colors by the Croswell American Legion Cecil Service Post 255;
•    The national anthem sung by Sandusky High School graduate Amanda Mrozek;
•    Invocation given by Don Rudy, Sandusky Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2945 and Russell Wakefield Post 369 of the American Legion;
•    POW/MIA Missing Man table by Sandusky High School graduate Brandon Hughes;
•    Service Medley by the Sandusky High School Saxophone Quartet; and
•    Refreshments provided by Croswell American Legion Cecil Service Post 255 and Sandusky VFW Auxiliary 2945.

Kowall has held numerous events, in both Lansing and throughout the state. The ceremonies are held in a variety of locations, including VFW/American Legion posts, veteran memorial parks and banquet halls. Kowall often partners with the senator of the district where the event is being held.

Information regarding the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration can be found at