Portage student sings National Anthem at Michigan Senate Memorial Day Ceremony

For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2014

Contact: Derek Sova

LANSING, Mich.—Portage resident Elizabeth Johnson performed the National Anthem at this year’s annual Michigan Senate Memorial Day Service.

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker heard Elizabeth perform at last year’s Memorial Day service in Portage and invited her to sing at the Senate ceremony.

“When I heard Elizabeth sing, I was amazed at how strong and beautiful her voice was,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “I was even more amazed that this voice belonged to a 12 year old girl.”

Elizabeth, a student at Portage Middle School, recently finished playing the role of Annie for her school play. In addition to singing, Elizabeth enjoys participating in softball, basketball and cheerleading.

Every year around Memorial Day, the Michigan Senate sets aside one day to pay its respects to the men and women of the armed forces who have lost their lives in defense of their country.

The ceremony included tributes to those who have been lost in combat; the Missing Member Toast offered by veteran David Sokol, an honor guard; and Johnson’s performance of the National Anthem.