Camp Grayling hosted the annual Michigan National Guard Memorial and Pass in Review early last Friday morning, Aug. 21, 2015. Representatives from nearly every MING unit stood in formation on Camp Grayling’s parade field for review by Michigan Guard leadership and Michigan’s Lt. Gov., Brian Calley. Camp Grayling was founded in 1913 through a land grant from northern Michigan lumber baron, Rasmus Hanson. Military training at Camp Grayling has prepared America’s military for every major conflict since WWI with each passing year growing in complexity and realism. In addition to Friday’s ceremony showcasing Michigan National Guard units in formation, the event honored fallen Soldiers by reading their names in remembrance and gratitude while, the 126th Army Band played a beautiful rendition of TAPS. Seven individual Soldiers were awarded unique decoration for outstanding service, dedication and performance.
The Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center (CGJMTC) is the largest National Guard joint training center in the U.S. covering 147,000 acres spanning three northern Michigan counties. Units who train at CGJMTC come from both the active and reserve components of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, including service members from Canada, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Serbia. More than 100 Michigan law enforcement agencies also train at Camp Grayling.
Visiting military dignitaries, local and state elected officials, and many Michigan service members also participated in the tradition-filled ceremony. Additional photos from the day have been posted to the Michigan National Guard Flickr page.