House panels approves Price legislation to commemorate Medal of Honor recipient

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A local Civil War hero will be remembered and honored thanks to legislation approved today by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced state Rep. Amanda Price.

House Bill 4411 designates the bike and pedestrian trail along the bridge connecting Robinson Township and Crockery Township as the “Sgt. Henry E. Plant Memorial Grand River Bridge Non-motorized Trail.”

A member of Company F in the 14th Michigan Infantry, Plant took it upon himself to rescue his company’s colors during the 1865 battle at Bentonville, N.C. after the original standard-bearer had been mortally wounded. Plant’s actions earned him the Medal of Honor, becoming the first recipient from Ottawa County as well as the 14th Michigan Infantry.

“Sgt. Plant is truly a local hero, and his bravery deserves to be remembered and commemorated with this trail designation,” said Price, R-Park Township. “Military veterans from every era have displayed their courage, putting their own lives on the line to protect the freedoms that define our great nation.”

Following his time in uniform, Plant also served as the Crockery Township highway commissioner.

HB 4411 now goes to the full House for consideration.