Stamas invites residents to sign ceremony for ‘Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge’

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas announced on Thursday that residents can join friends and family of U.S. Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 9 officially dedicating a memorial bridge in his honor.

“Corpsman Aaron Ullom is an American hero who gave his life saving a fellow soldier in defense of our nation, our liberty and our way of life,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The people of Midland and the entire state are proud to call Aaron one of our own, and I invite area residents to come out and join us as we permanently express our appreciation for his service and sacrifice.”

On Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m., Stamas will participate in the unveiling of one of the signs that will officially declare the bridge on US-10 over Eastman Avenue as the “Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge.” The other sign will be erected on eastbound US-10 before the ceremony so that area residents and Ullom’s friends, family and military comrades can observe it on their way to the dedication.

Red, white and blue balloons will be released in Ullom’s memory after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The governor signed Senate Bill 513, now Public Act 21 of 2016, to designate the bridge in recognition of Ullom, who was killed in Afghanistan in July 2011 while saving the life of a wounded marine.

“America is strong today because of the courage and dedication of patriots like Aaron,” Stamas said. “This memorial bridge stands as a permanent reminder of a native son and American hero who never returned home.”

The sign dedication will be held with a ribbon cutting at the National Guard Recruiting Armory at 2300 E. Airport Road in Midland. Refreshments will be available afterward.