Sen. Schuitmaker honors fallen soldiers at Senate’s Memorial Day ceremony

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker honored fallen soldiers in the Senate chamber on Thursday during the Michigan Senate’s 21st Annual Memorial Day Service.

“It was an honor to participate in our annual Memorial Day service,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “It’s important we thank the brave men and women who have served our country and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Lawmakers honored soldiers from their districts who died within the past year. Families who lost loved ones were also recognized by the Senate.

The Michigan Senate held its first Memorial Day Service at the initiative of former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, who was then a state senator.


PHOTO CUTLINE: State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, was joined by Sergeant Michael Gower, his wife Kelli Gower and the family of Gabriel De Roo, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.


Editor’s note: The above photograph of Schuitmaker at the 21st Annual Senate Memorial Day ceremony is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at Click on “Photowire” under the Media Center tab.