Kalamazoo area Gold Star Family attends bill signing at state Capitol


LANSING—David and Laura De Roo of Paw Paw joined Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, (far left) and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson (far right) with Gov. Rick Snyder today as he signed legislation creating a “Gold Star Family” license plate that allows immediate family members of fallen servicemen and women to honor their loved ones. The couple lost their son, Army Sgt. Gabriel De Roo, on Aug. 20, 2006, in Mosul, Iraq.

Laura De Roo is founder and current president of Michigan Chapter 179 of the Blue Star Mothers of America and a founding member of Western Michigan American Gold Star Mothers of Kalamazoo. She was a featured speaker at the Michigan Senate’s 17th annual Memorial Day Service.

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