Two tributes to Taylor veterans take place in May

Two tributes to Taylor veterans take place in May

There will be two public tributes to the military in the City of Taylor during the month of May.

The City of Taylor’s annual tribute to past and current members of the military begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in front of the Veterans Memorial Garden outside City Hall in Cameron G. Priebe Plaza, 23555 Goddard Road.

“A Day to Remember,” which is considered the city’s official Memorial Day salute, is traditionally held on Armed Forces Day, which is two Saturdays before Memorial Day.

Taylor resident Steven Nicholas will give the veterans address. Nicholas, 22, served four years in the Air Force, including tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. The Kennedy High School graduate was a security force ranger and recently received his honorable discharge as a senior airman. He is the son of Glen and Sue Nicholas of Taylor.

Paula Zasadny, mother of the late Army Spc. Holly McGeogh of Taylor, also will address the crowd. Spc. McGeogh, 19, was killed in Iraq on January 31, 2004. She is the only female soldier from Michigan killed during the war on terrorism.

Members of the Harry S Truman High School Band and the Taylor Community Chorus will perform patriotic songs. The members of the Truman JROTC are annually part of the tribute, which includes the presentation of colors by numerous color guards and a solemn wreath-laying ceremony involving veterans groups.

Local veterans announce the names of Taylor servicemen and servicewomen killed during wartime – as well as the names of Taylor veterans who died in the past year.

Current and past members of the military are invited, along with their families.

After the ceremony, everyone is invited to enjoy lunch at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4422 at 11590 Pine Street, just down the street from Taylor City Hall.

To participate or receive more information, call (734) 374-1447 or send e-mail to TaylorNews@aol.com.

A second event, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Memorial Day – Monday, May 28, will feature the unveiling of the Lest They Be Forgotten memorial on the grounds of City Hall.

The memorial is a tribute to fallen Army Spc. Holly McGeogh of Taylor and others in Michigan who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. McGeogh’s friends and family raised funds to erect a hometown memorial in Taylor “in honor of the brave men and women who have lost their lives defending the United States of America in the war against terrorism.”

Her parents, Paula and Michael Zasadny, chose Memorial Day as the proper day for the memorial to be unveiled.

Truman’s JROTC will present the colors. Spc. McGeogh was commander of the JROTC’s A Company when she graduated from the high school.

Spc. McGeogh’s company captain, who is now a major, has been invited to be the keynote speaker. Raul Lerma, who served with Holly in Iraq, will fly in from Mexico City for the ceremony with his wife. Chuck White will sing “That’s Just What You Do,” a song he penned as a tribute to Michigan’s fallen. Heidi Williams, a bugler, will play “To the Colors” and Taps.

The entire community is invited to attend both events.

For more information on the Lest They Be Forgotten Memorial Day ceremony, call (248) 245-7653.