Traverse City Native, Air Force Veteran Speaks at Memorial Day Ceremony

Hundreds of people filled Veteran’s Memorial Park in Traverse City Monday morning to honor the fallen.

This year’s Memorial Day speaker was Traverse City native and Air Force veteran Rose White Hutchinson

Hutchinson said she received a lot of criticism for serving as a woman in the 60s.

But she didn’t let that stop her from becoming a chief master sergeant.

During her speech she emphasized the importance of recognizing Vietnam veterans, specifically.

“I just feel like I said it’s a forgotten war. I used to get thrown sheep’s blood when I walked into the pentagon, I used to be called a pig. It’s a Memorial Day that we can say, I love everybody, I’m here for you and we remember,” Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson says she hopes everyone can contribute to their country in some positive way.