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More names of Gold Star Families added to memorial

Flood of families come forward in year after monument unveiled

Jun 12 2022
Mitch Hotts | Macomb Daily

A crowd gathered Saturday afternoon on the lawn at the Clinton Township Civic Center for the rededication ceremony for the township’s Gold Star Families Memorial monument honoring the families of service people who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military.

Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said he’s received a large number of requests for memorial bricks followed in the year since the monument was unveiled, so Saturday’s ceremony was designed to honor the names of additional soldiers who gave their lives for the United States.

Nick and Karen Straffon, along with a group of volunteers, led a successful fundraising campaign to bring the monument to Clinton Township.

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne, who became a quadruple amputee while serving in Afghanistan, was the keynote speaker. His memoir, “Tough as They Come,” is a New York Times bestseller.