LANSING — The Michigan Senate will hold its 21st Annual Memorial Day Service in the Senate chamber on Thursday, May 21 at 10 a.m. The annual event is held to remember Michigan’s fallen soldiers and to pay respect to all past and current members of the military.

“In order to repay our veterans for their courageous service, we must make sure that everyone recognizes the sacrifice some have given for the values of our country,” said Knollenberg, R-Troy. “It is a truly humbling experience to be a part of this ceremony and to remember our home-town heroes from the state of Michigan.”

During the ceremony, lawmakers will honor soldiers from their districts that have passed within the last 12 months. Families that have lost loved ones will also be recognized by the Senate. For those interested, live streaming of the event will be available online at under the Senate TV tab on the left side of the screen.

In addition to the family members of those being remembered, several of Michigan’s Veterans of Foreign Wars posts also travel to the state Capitol to attend the ceremony and post their colors before the Senate.

“Memorial Day gives us the chance to stand together, give thanks and pay tribute to the heroic servicemen and servicewomen that defend of our freedom,” Knollenberg said. “I encourage everyone across Michigan to attend a ceremony or parade in their community, visit a memorial, thank a veteran for his or her service and to proudly fly an American flag at half-staff from sunrise until noon to remember those that have fallen.”