IMLAY CITY — Mussey Township resident Ron Kazmierczak considers himself a patriotic American through and through.
And that's regardless of who the president is or which political party is in control of the U.S. House and Senate.
Which is why in late October, Kazmierczak, 54, sent off a Christmas card to President Barack and Michelle Obama.
"I wanted to thank the president and Mrs. Obama for what they have done to serve our nation for the past eight years," said Kazmierczak. "I think they've done what they could to better the country."
A 15-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Kazmierczak proudly displays the card he received from the outgoing president. photo by Tom Wearing.
Last Tuesday, Jan. 3, Kazmierczak was rewarded for his gesture of good will with a corresponding Christmas card from the Obamas.
A U.S. Navy veteran from 1981-1996 in conflicts and wars that included: Granada, Lebanon, Kuwait, Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Somalia, Kazmierczak believes it's appropriate to honor all who serve the country.
Kazmierczak describes himself as independent voter who supported President Obama in the past, but doubts he
would have voted for
"I think eight years of anyone is long enough," he said. "I feel we needed someone new.
"It was time for a change," he continued. "I feel it's time for new leadership in the White House to take the country in a new direction."
The 15-year Navy veteran has been a member of Imlay City VFW Post 2492 for 34 years, where he continues to serve in multiple capacities.
His current job description includes: Post Chaplain, Adjutant and Public Affairs Officer.
Additionally, he assumes the role of Post 2492's Administration Officer and Historian by documenting Post's activities and events through still photographs and on video.
Kazmierczak encourages all eligible veterans to consider joining the VFW.
Those interested in becoming members may call him at 810-814-2636.
Or call the Post home at 810-724-1250 and leave a message and phone number if no one answers.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.