Stamas welcomes Burgess family, Gulf War veteran to Senate’s Memorial Day service

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas welcomed Chief Warrant Officer 3 Douglas Robinson of Gaylord and the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan John Burgess to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate’s 23rd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan’s fallen soldiers.

Stamas, a U.S. Army veteran, read the name of the Michigan resident killed in action during the previous 12 months and recognized the Burgess family, who attended the ceremony with Gold Star families. Burgess of Sanford was killed in Iraq in 2006. Marine Lance Cpl. Steven J. Szymanski of Midland, who died in 2014 at Fort Bragg, was also honored as one of Michigan’s soldiers lost during training accidents.

“I was proud to be asked to participate in this solemn occasion to remember our fallen heroes, who gave their lives defending liberty, and to celebrate everything they fought and died to protect,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “It was my honor to have Douglas Robinson as my guest for the ceremony. He served our nation during the Gulf War and now serves our state helping our veterans.

“My thoughts are with Lance Corporal Ryan Burgess, Lance Corporal Steven Szymanski and Corpsman Aaron Ullom and their families as we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of liberty.”

Robinson is currently a veteran’s representative for the state in northeast lower Michigan and is president of the Northern Michigan Veterans Coalition. His 22 years of service in the U.S. Army included commanding troops in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Calm and earning five meritorious service medals, two Army commendation medals and four Army achievement medals.

Navy Corpsman Aaron Ullom of Midland was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 while saving the life of a wounded marine.


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