Col. Sousa carries flag of honor at Memorial Day Celebration
Colonel Keith Sousa, IHS graduate with Class of 1971, presented the flag of honor during a “first of its kind ceremony” in conjunction with the 2010 Memorial Day parade in Dearborn, MI.
About 15,000 people watched as a horse-drawn caisson carried a casket with the unclaimed remains of 19 veterans kept at funeral homes in the Dearborn area, some for as many as 60 years. The special ceremony honored these U.S. military veterans who served in World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam with a formal military service. Their cremated remains were laid to rest at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township. Dearborn is the first city in Michigan to host this kind of ceremony.
Col. Sousa currently is a member of a U.S. Army Reserve organization in the Southfield area. Through his work with the Department of Defense, he has built a relationship with veterans and was honored to actively participate in this special ceremony.
Col. Sousa, a graduate of Ferris State University and Officer Candidate School, is married and has two children.