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Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor

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Donald Odell, 1935-2020

Peter Secchia, 1937-2020

The Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor is saddened by the passing of two of it s inductees Digger Odell and Peter Secchia, said Robert W. Smith III, Board of Directors Chair. Members of the MMVHOH board wish to express our condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Odell and Mr. Secchia. The greater community of military veterans has lost two veterans, but they will always be remembered through the auspices of the MMVHOH.

Odell Obituary
Secchia Obituary

Michigan Nonprofit First Awardee

Lansing, MI September 2020 — At the State Capitol the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor (MMVHOH) was presented the first official Michigan Declaration for a nonprofit with a statewide mission by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R—Clark Lake), Senate District 16 and State Representative Eric Leutheuser, (R-Hillsdale), House District 58. This first of a kind State Declaration (tailored after the Congressional Charter) was signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, and the two legislators on behalf of their respective chambers.

On hand to receive this recognition was Major General Robert Smith III, U.S. Army (Ret.) the board chairman who reiterated the board’s mission to preserve the legacy of Michigan’s military veterans and their accomplishments during both peace and times of war. He thanked the legislators for acknowledging the importance of recognizing these special men and women and noted the presence of fellow veterans and board members Roger Yoder, Eric Fretz and Paul Ryan, all Navy veterans.

Smith, “It’s especially important that future generations of Michiganders be able to look back and see the contributions of their fellow service men and women in preserving our freedom and/or in making life better for all its citizens.“

"The Michigan Declaration was issued to us to carry out this statewide mission," said Roger Yoder, MMVHOH founder, Chief Administrative Officer, and Navy veteran. "We are proud to be the first recipient of this special document charging us with this task.”

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Hall of Honor Day

United States Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan issued a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor in behalf of the U.S. Senate for establishing Michigan as the 12th state in the nation with a statewide entity to recognize soldiers. The MMVHOH is a 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit organization, with the inaugural induction ceremony held at the Michigan History Museum, 702 W. Kalamazoo St, Lansing, Michigan 48915, on Friday, May 17, 2019, with U.S. Senators Stabenow and Gary Peters presiding.

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Hall of Honor Day

Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies proclaims May 17, 2019 as Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor day.

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Governor Whitmer Remarks

Governor Gretchen Whitmer addressses the 2019 Hall of Honor inductees.

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Dingell Praises Hall of Honor

U.S Representative Debbie Dingell thanks the board for inducting John Dingell into the inaugural Hall of Honor.

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Yoder's WYSM (Fox47) Memorial Day Interview

Roger L. Yoder, founder of the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor, shared information about the Hall of Honor and its first inauguration ceremony.

Senator Stabenow speaks at Hall of Honor ceremony

Sen. Debbie Stabenow was the featured speaker at the 2019 Hall of Honor Ceremony for U.S. Veterans.

Read the full article from WILX-Lansing.

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Former POW Odell to be inducted into Hall of Honor

Odell, who served 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, including some time in the notorious "Hanoi Hilton," was among 12 inductees in the inaugural class of the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor.

Read the full article from the Macomb Daily.

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Rep. Leutheuser welcomes veterans to state Capitol, celebrates new Hall of Honor

Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale this week presented a tribute celebrating the establishment of the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor.

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State of Michigan Special Tribute

Michigan Military & Veterans Hall of Honor
Established January 29, 2018

LET IT BE KNOWN, That it is with deep joy and gladness that we celebrate the establishment of the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor. As a non-profit organization in the great State of Michigan, this entity will actively recognize service members deserving honor.

Read the full text of the State of Michigan Tribute