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WWII Veterans receive an honor at Michigan State Capitol

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Posted at 7:31 AM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 07:31:06-04

Two World War II veterans were honored at the Michigan State Capitol Thursday.

Roscoe Hires and Don Eckman both served in the U.S. Army and each received a purple heart plaque. A Vietnam war veteran made the presentation.

Roscoe of Ionia, was part of the 101st Airborne Division during WWII and took a bullet to his head.

Don Eckman was born and raised in Michigan, and served with the Company B 3rd Infantry Division stationed mostly in France.

A group called "We the People Giving Back" organized the ceremony. Lt. Governor Brian Calley said, "Generations later, from the time that they served they sacrificed so much, we're still enjoying the type of life and community and prosperity of the United States Of America is because of them."

The Lieutenant Governor said these men were put in dangerous situations, displayed courage, and didn't expect recognition for it. That's why it was important to honor them.