BOYNE CITY, Mich — Earlier today I was driving around the Young State Park campgrounds in the northwest part of the Michigan Mitten. In this town of a couple thousand, patriotism was alive and well — in more ways than one.
This is my first time in Michigan, and my first time hearing about “Yoopers.” Yoopers are those that live in the Upper Peninsula, the UP, of Michigan. This camper was clearly proud to be an American, but perhaps prouder to be a Yooper.
Further down the loop of campsites, amid the girls with red, white, and blue hair ties and the boys in American flag swim trunks, I came upon a display of military flags.
Their owner, Navy Veteran David Allen, is a collector of military memorabilia. Allen was surrounded by his granddaughters and clad in a shirt with an American flag that read, “In his name the nations will put their hope.”
Allen never went overseas during his three years in the Navy, from 1965-68; rather, he was a member of the cargo loading battalion stationed at Norfolk, VA. He said he was proud to serve, and doesn’t regret it.
With a smile, Allen said he was leaving tomorrow and looking forward to spending some time with his granddaughters.
Driving around the park, family was definitely paramount this Memorial Day.