By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK— When Kim Frazier missed the morning Veterans’ Day ceremony in Dearborn Wednesday, she found another to attend because it was important to her to pay tribute to veterans, like her father.
Frazier, of Dearborn, had to take her husband, James, to the hospital for a test that morning. Then when she went to the Allen Park memorial and saw her mother, Donna Fuelling, was speaking.
“I didn’t even know she was going to be here,” Frazier said.
She said it’s important to attend such functions, “because all that served need to be honored. Lots of people walk by veterans and don’t realize they are veterans and what they’ve done for our country.”
Parks and Recreation Director Pat Hawkins said it was important to attend. When asked why, he said, “Do you really have to ask that?”
Hawkins said for what our veterans have done, people should attend such services to honor them.
“The truth of the matter, everyone should go to a service,” Hawkings said. “Veterans Day is a day to recognize all our veterans, the ones that have passed, the ones here, the ones that have fought for us.
“Anyone with any ounce of patriotism should really stop and think about this stuff.”
Mayor William Matakas was seated at the event. He teared up at the end of Monday’s city council meeting when talking about a 92-year-old veteran he met. He said the man enlisted when he was 17 and honorably discharged because he was too young. Then two weeks later re-enlisted on his 18th birthday.
“Millions of Americans died for us to be up here,” Matakas said during the meeting.
Resident Linda Shovak said the annual event is touching.
“It’s just important,” she said. “They only get one day a year.”
Shovak’s two sons joined the military right out of high school. She said fortunately it was during non-conflict times. But, she’s had family members who didn’t come back from war.
“I’m here for everyone that can’t be here,” she said.
(Tereasa Nims can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)