LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas joined area residents and friends, family and military comrades of U.S. Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom on Saturday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate a memorial bridge in Ullom’s honor.
“I want to thank everyone who came out to remember Corpsman Aaron Ullom as an American hero and to help us express our deep appreciation for his service and sacrifice,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Aaron gave his life saving a fellow soldier in defense of our nation, and the overwhelming turnout for the ribbon-cutting ceremony is an illustration of the community’s appreciation for his service and sacrifice and their support of his family.”
Stamas led an event at the National Guard Recruiting Armory in Midland to unveil one of the signs that will officially declare the bridge on US-10 over Eastman Avenue as the “Corpsman Aaron D. Ullom Memorial Bridge.”
Many of Ullom’s fellow servicemen traveled hundreds of miles to attend the ceremony, including his best friend Keith Adams, who made the trip from California. Adams serves as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy and spoke emotionally about his friend.
Red, white and blue balloons were released in Ullom’s memory after the ribbon cutting.
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.
“This bridge will stand as a permanent memorial of the life, service and dedication of a native son who never returned home,” Stamas said. “The hope is that people who see these signs will remember Aaron Ullom’s courageous actions and the real cost of freedom.”
Editor’s note: The above photographs are available by clicking on the images or by visiting Stamas’ website at: www.SenatorJimStamas.com/Photowire.