Two vets inducted to LCC ring of honor
By Alejandro Gonzales
In conjunction with Veterans Day (Nov. 11), three military veterans were honored during the Veterans Memorial Induction Ceremony at LCC on Nov. 9.
Marine Corps Col. Jack R. Lousma (Vietnam era), Army Air Force 1st Lt. Wayne E. Lesher (World War II) and Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Joseph J. Filko (WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars) are the Michigan veterans who were honored during the ceremony, held in the Health and Human Services Building.
The hour-long event was attended by about 100 people, including two of the honorees.
Lousma, a former NASA astronaut, was unable to attend the event. However, he had been honored during a special ceremony when he visited LCC this past September to share some of his space experiences.
After the bagpipes were played by Bill Hamilton, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The induction ceremony was led by speaker Andrew Cosgrove, director of Veteran and Military Affairs at LCC.
“Keep those who served, and are currently serving, in your hearts and remember that they sacrifice for us and do so proudly,” said Cosgrove, “and if asked to do so again, they probably would in a heartbeat.”
Jerry Hollister, a former LCC Board Member, read the biographies of the veterans for the audience. A tribute video made by Rob Edwards and his team from LCC Media Services was also played.
Lesher and Filko had their names inscribed on the memorial and were given awards from LCC.
Lousma had his name added to the memorial in September. His grandson Ryan was in attendance and accepted an award on his behalf.
“Remember what Veterans Day is about,” Cosgrove said. “I implore everyone to conduct some research in regards to the wars our country has fought and, more importantly, the service members who fought them.”
Lesher donated his service uniform to the memorial. It will be hung alongside another uniform, which was donated by Pete Stults, in 2017.
Anyone who knows of a veteran deserving to be honored, is asked to contact Andrew Cosgrove at (517) 483-1653. Nominations will now be taken throughout the year.