LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas welcomed Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Matt Rassette of Midland to the state Capitol on Thursday for the Michigan Senate’s 22nd Annual Memorial Day Service, which honored Michigan’s fallen soldiers.
Stamas, a U.S. Army veteran, read the names of the Michigan residents killed in action during the previous 12 months.
“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 Matt Rassette as my guest for the ceremony. Our nation remains strong today because of Americans like Matt, who put their lives on the line to serve their country. All too often, they never return home.
“This Memorial Day, I encourage everyone to take time to pay tribute to our servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of liberty.”
Rassette served in the Marines from 1984-1992 and reached the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged. Vadnais is the adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs and was the guest of Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof.
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