Michigan vet reflects on life-altering service in Vietnam

Nov 11, 2014

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, when Americans remember and thank those who have served their country in the armed forces.
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Ninety-six years ago today, the guns fell silent across Europe, marking the armistice that ended the First World War. Veterans Day has been officially observed as a federal holiday in the United States since 1954. Here in mid-Michigan, local veterans are having their stories preserved for the future.

The organization behind this project is quite used to keeping detailed records. It’s the Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters. They’re  teaming up with the Ingham County Circuit Court and the county’s Department of Veterans Affairs to document the oral histories of a number of area veterans.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery met Robert Thornton, a 68-year-old former Marine who saw combat in Vietnam.