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Mike’s Musings – Let’s Pray For Veterans, Corrigan Family
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Mike’s Musings – Let’s Pray For Veterans, Corrigan Family

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By Mike Wilcox, Publisher
Michael Wilcox, Publisher/Editor

I was scheduled to write a column this week on Veteran’s Day, and how each and every one of us needs to show our appreciation to the veterans in our life on this very special holiday.

Then Sunday rolled in, and the mass shooting that killed 26, and injured another 20, worshipping in a Texas church really hit me hard. Maybe it devastated my psyche because this is just one of many mass murders we have witnessed in this great country of ours over the last year, or maybe it is because a husband and wife who shared the same city as I, were two of those 26 victims.

I feel distraught that I couldn’t attend the candlelight vigil held in Harrison, Michigan Monday night, that saw hundreds grieve the loss of Robert and Shani Corrigan, who grew up in the Northern Michigan town and then made their way to Texas for a better life. I am told by my reporter on the scene that it was so emotional she had difficulty wiping the tears from her face and keeping her camera steady.

Robert was a veteran of the Air Force. He and Shani have two sons in the military. They were grieving the death of a third son who committed suicide recently. By all accounts Robert was an excellent airman- one we would all be proud of honoring on Veteran’s Day.

Instead, this year, we honor him posthumously. He and his wife were active members of the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, where he often played his guitar for parishioners. Growing up in Harrison his was known as a jovial guy who would give the shirt of his back if it would help someone.

It is beyond comprehension that this small town would be the scene of Texas’s most horrific killing spree. I suppose if it could happen there, it could happen anywhere I have newspapers- LaFayette, Alabama or Saugatuck Michigan have a similar population as Sutherland Springs.

Personally, I’ve never been afraid of much, but honestly, I fear with the upshot of mass murders, my wife or my son could be in danger. I lament nightly as to what is happening to our great country. Just over a month ago we had the mass killing in Las Vegas. Now this. When will it stop?

And how in the world was this crackpot to purchase not one, but two guns? He was court martialed, sentenced to prison and a known wife, child and animal abuser. The Air Force takes the