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The 2019 Armed Forces Day Celebration will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, presented by the Taylor Veterans Museum. It will honor everyone who has served in the military with a special focus on the 10th anniversary of the museum and the late Congressman John Dingell. The event will be held inside City Hall.
Mr. Dingell's father, John Dingell Sr., was elected the first representative of Michigan's newly created 15th District in 1932. While serving as a page in Congress, John Jr. was on the floor when Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his famous speech after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In 1944, at 18, he joined the United States Army, and rose to the rank of second lieutenant. He would have been part of the first wave of the planned invasion of Japan in November, 1945, had it not been for President Harry Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb, which ended the war.
After his father died, John Dingell Jr. ended up being the longest-serving representative in the history of Congress before retiring in 2015.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, Mr. Dingell's widow, will be the featured speaker. City Councilman Butch Ramik will begin the ceremonies before Mistress of Ceremonies Stephanie Krueger takes over as host. The Taylor High School JROTC will present the colors. Mayor Rick Sollars will speak to the crowd before Congresswoman Dingell.
As is customary, there will be an official "reading of the deceased veterans" by honored guests. Those names will include Taylor residents who gave their lives with defending America in the Civil War, World War I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraq War and deceased Taylor veterans.
Commemorative coins will be presented to every person who served in the military on hand at the event.
The museum will be open after the celebration.