Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale this week presented a tribute celebrating the establishment of the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor.
The model for this new statewide organization comes from the Hillsdale County Veterans Hall of Fame, first established in 2000 by Roger Yoder, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Hillsdale resident.
The county Hall of Fame has already inducted 114 service members, including 13 former Medal of Honor recipients. The county entity became the model for the new statewide organization.
“This organization’s outstanding work reminds us all of the sacrifices made by our men and women in the military service,” Leutheuser said. “It involves true selflessness and resolve. The recognition given to these individuals is fitting and proper, and serves as an excellent model for a statewide Hall of Honor. We thank Mr. Yoder for his service and for his work establishing this outstanding organization honoring our military veterans.”
Yoder took the initiative to organize a statewide Hall of Honor based on the success of the Hillsdale organization. After months of hard work, Michigan became the 12th state with this type of statewide group.
Michigan service members have served with honor, courage, and distinction in conflicts ranging from the Revolutionary War to Operation Enduring Freedom.
The new group’s Board of Directors initially will recognize all Michigan recipients of the Medal of Honor, with the first Hall of Honor ceremony to be held next year on Armed Forces Day — May 18, 2019.
After the initial induction, up to 10 service members from each of the military and veterans categories will be honored annually. The Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor will devotedly recognize veterans, active-duty, and reserve personnel for their military and civil achievement.
PHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. Leutheuser of Hillsdale was joined Thursday in the House by founder Roger Yoder, and board members John Drake and Eric Fretz, for recognition of their work honoring military veterans.