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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 37, September 16, 2007, Article 24

MICHIGAN COUNTY CREATES MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS CHALLENGE COIN

The Huron Daily Tribune of Michigan reports that "In efforts to honor
those who have served in the armed forces, the countyís Veteranís
Affairs Office has designed a military funeral honors challenge coin
ó quite possibly the first of its kind in the state.

"'We took it upon ourselves to design a coin specifically for Huron
County,' said Veteranís Affairs Director Sharon K. McLeod. '... As
far as I know, Huron County is the only one in the state to do this.'

"McLeod said the project was just undertaken this year.

"'Commissioner (Curt) Haag came to me and asked me if there was a
military funeral honors challenge coin in Michigan because Wisconsin
has one,' she said. 'I made contacts and found thereís no such thing
in the state.'

"The coins will be given to the family at a veteranís funeral, much
like when a family is given an American flag and three empty shell
casings during a veteranís funeral.

"McLeod said the front side of the coin bears a county seal with
the saying, 'Huron County Your Welcoming Neighbor.'

"McLeod said the county ordered 500 coins which will be distributed
to the various service organizations ó such as the Am Vets, American
Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Those service organizations will
reimburse the county for the cost of the coins and then distribute
the coins to the family at a veteranís funeral service.

"She said so far, there has been a good reaction from the local
service organizations."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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