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Karl’s Kolumn

NEWS OF FAMILY… We’ve seen better May openings, but May flowers are blossoming all over. The little ones are playing T-ball. The teenagers are planning proms and studying for finals.

 Bill and Amy drove Anne and I to Zoya’s wedding shower. What a joy to celebrate momentous events with the grandchildren.

 While the second generation is celebrating everything, the third is right at their heels!

NEWS OF IMPORT… While cruising through the Internet, some news of import can slide on by.

 I caught this bit, an article that reports there is need for more veteran cemeteries. See if you agree.

 “Michigan could be seeing its first state veteran operated cemeteries by Alyssa Burr…

 “Efforts are currently underway in the State Senate to create the first state operated veterans cemetery in Michigan.

 “Michigan currently has two national veterans cemeteries located in the Southern Lower Peninsula one at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta and the other at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.

 “Senate Bill 971 proposes the creation of a state, veteran’s cemetery in Northern Michigan something which bill sponsor Sen. Curtis VanderWall, R-Ludington, said will create better opportunities for Michigan veterans and their families. 

 “‘As our population ages and we see more and more veterans passing away, they should have the opportunity to have their final resting place that is close to their families while allowing them to be honored for their service by internment in a veteran cemetery,’ VanderWall said at a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting.

 “There are 532,394 veterans in Michigan according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

 “The bill, also referred to as the ‘Veterans Cemetery Act,’ would create a veterans cemetery fund in the state treasury, authorize the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to acquire suitable land for the cemetery in a county with the population of not less than 12,500 and no greater than 13,000 and also gives a Michigan DMVA administrative powers over the cemetery.

 “While the exact amount of cost is unknown for such a project, according to the sellers fiscal analysis of the bill annual cost are estimated to be roughly $1 million. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has grant funds that states may use to establish and operate state veterans cemeteries.”


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