Detroit Ceremony Honors Past, Present, Future Veterans

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(WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – A ceremony was held in Detroit to mark Veteran’s Day.

As the MLK High School marching band played, young ROTC members from the city saluted, and everyone remembered the service and sacrifice of American veterans.

WWJ’s Mike Campbell spoke with Mark Varner, President of Buffalo Soldiers Michigan group.

“The Cherokee Indians gave the Buffalo soldiers the name ‘buffalo’ because of their tenacity when cornered and because of the texture of their hair, the curly hair … the buffalo was revered by the Indians,” he said.

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Detroit’s Historic Elmwood Cemetery (WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell)

Varner said while the service at Detroit’s historic Elmwood emetary included special recognition for African-American and Native American soldiers, it honored all veterans.

Also in attendance at Friday’s event was retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major Kenneth Covington, who spent more than two decades in the service.

“Today is very significant, you know, because we can remember our both past, present and of course our future veterans,” said Covington. “I gave 28 years of my life to the U.S. Army, so it means a lot to me and my fellow comrades,” he said.

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