Honoring America\'s Veterans
Col. Robert Schumitz, project manager Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and James Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College, salute the American flag.

MACOMB, Mich. - Col. Robert Schumitz, project manager for the Stryker Brigade Combat Team, United States Army, served as guest speaker during a Veteran\'s Day tribute at the Macomb Community College main campus.

Introduced by James Jacobs, president of the college, Schumitz joined an audience of veterans, faculty members and students to recognize the dedicated efforts of those who have served and are still serving our country.

"I am pleased to be here today to honor and pay tribute to our Veterans who, since 1775, have come together to answer our Nation's Call to Duty," Schumitz said. "This gathering is truly a fitting tribute to show appreciation and respect for our service member's devotion to duty."

Veterans in attendance represented the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard from World War II, Vietnam, the cold war, desert storm, Somalia, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

"I am honored and privileged to be an American Soldier," Schumitz said. "I am proud to wear this uniform because it represents to me a challenge, honor and responsibility that has been passed down from generation to generation."

Schumitz recognized the service members fighting in the current conflict.

"Let me tell you about today's warrior," Schumitz said. "They are an all volunteer force of whom over a million have deployed to theaters of war and engaged in combat. Many have deployed at least three times for a year or more. We honor them, we honor those that came before them, those who served, and those who served and died in defense of our great Nation and its freedoms."

Schumitz also encouraged students to support the Warfighter.

"You have the opportunity to enroll or study with a veteran of our most recent conflicts," Schumitz said. "A service member who has potentially seen the best or worst a man can be; a man or woman who experienced other cultures and travelled the nation and the world in support of their duty; a man or woman who you can learn from. I ask that you reach out to them."

During a reception following the ceremony, Schumitz shook hands and took pictures with citizens who all had a story to tell-a story of bravery, of dedication, of love for their country. Some were first-hand accounts; others were about friends or family members.

"Military service profoundly changes all who serve," Schumitz said. "I've been doing this job for what I thought was going to be four years. It has now turned into a 25 year career of the heart."

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