While Veterans Are Honored, Macomb Treasurer Urges Return Of Mandatory Military Draft To Teach Respect

WWJ News
November 11, 2019 - 8:13 am

(WWJ) On this Veterans Day, the Macomb County Treasurer says the U.S. should consider re-implementing the mandatory military draft for 18-year-olds.

How's that? Larry Rocca, who served in Vietnam,  says he believes the draft would help a lot of kids.

"Seems like they've gotten away from respect for a lot of things and I think the military is good for young people to go into and get a good understanding of what the country is all about," he told WWJ.

Rocca, who was drafted, says all veterans put their lives on the line for their country.  

Rocca gave the remarks when he was among several Macomb County employees honored during a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday.  

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency says there are nearly 600,000 veterans in the state. The push is on to thank them for their service today. 

"Everybody goes in for different reasons," said Claudia Stover from Macomb County served in the U.S. Navy in the late 70's. "My husband served, my oldest son served, my youngest son is still serving and it's just kind of turned into our family tradition. You know, you have to stand up for something at some point in your life." 

She added that people in the States tend to forget there are lot of "men and women serving over there and dying."

"We need to support their families here at home, support them over there and just take care of each other," she said.

 To honor them, there will be a Veterans Day ceremony at the Great Lakes National Cemetary in Holly at 11 o'clock this morning.  Clinton Township, in partnership with Resurrection Cemetery, will recognize Veterans Day with a ceremony at 1 p.m. at the American Veterans’ Memorial along Clinton River Road.