By Dan Robelen
On Tuesday night, May 7, the Michigan wing of the Civil Air Patrol posthumously honored Frank Nicholas Scilzo and Auda Armstrong Scilzo for their work in the Civil Air Patrol during World War II.
The ceremony, hosted by Dexter Gospel Church, imparted the Congressional Gold Medal. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States Congress.
Civil Air Patrol Major General Amy Courter read statements from Rep. Donna Lasinski and Tim Walberg.
Mary Scilzo, the Scilzo’s granddaughter, a University of Michigan student, and now Deputy Commander for Seniors at Major Kevin A Adams Memorial Composite Squadron, said of her service in the Civil Air Patrol, “It is a special way that I can participate in something that they believed in and enjoy doing.
“They created a heritage of participating in and leading in an organization that has continued to change lives throughout the years. Being part of that is a unique opportunity and a way for me to show my respect for them.”
Photos by Dan Robelen