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Posted on Sun, May 26, 2013 : 2:45 p.m.

EMU student veterans honor 227 fallen Michigan soldiers

By Chelsea Hoedl

Yellow ribbons are scattered across Eastern Michigan University’s campus in honor of every Michigan soldier who died post-9/11.

A ribbon, a photo, and an obituary of each of 227 soldiers being honored were pinned last week to the same number of trees around campus in honor of Memorial Day.


One of the 227 ribbons found on EMU's campus this Memorial Day weekend, honoring fallen Michigan soldiers.

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EMU’s Student Veterans Association members organized the honor for the fallen soldiers this Memorial Day weekend and educate fellow students about the true meaning of the holiday: Paying respect to those who died defending our country.

Josh Curtis, president of the Student Veterans Association and a US Army veteran, said in an email that hearing students talk about Memorial Day weekend plans made him wonder if they understood the reason for the vacation day.

“After talking with many of my fellow SVA members, we decided that we should really do something this Memorial Day to not only honor our fallen brothers and sisters, but to remind the student body of the costs of war and freedom,” Curtis said.

SVA members, with the help of the Military and Veterans Resource Center, put together the 227 ribbons. On Thursday, they posted the assembled ribbons throughout campus in the cold and rain.

“It was very humbling for us and we were proud to be able to honor our fallen,” Curtis said.

SVA members decided to honor Michigan heroes because honoring all of the 6,000 plus nationwide lost in Iraq and Afghanistan wars with individual markers on campus trees would not be physically possible, Curtis said.


Geoff Larcom

Mon, May 27, 2013 : 8:47 p.m.

This is a terrific recognition of the fallen soldiers, with ribbons and individual notes listing campaign and hometowns up all around the EMU campus. They are going to be up all week, so watch for them. Congratulations to the Student Veterans for doing this last week.


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 1:20 p.m.

Did anyone ask the trees how they feel about being pinned?


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 4:21 p.m.

Not funny.

Sam S Smith

Mon, May 27, 2013 : 1:08 p.m.

God's blessings to all who served, now serve and will serve in the US military! Thank you for your service and sacrifice!


Mon, May 27, 2013 : 12:07 p.m.

Great job Curtis. Beautiful. Thank you.


Sun, May 26, 2013 : 9:59 p.m.

I've read a number of them. Thanks for posting them.