Welcoming home a hero.

June 8, 2015
Eric Lund stands during the ceremony. His mother, Laura, is to the right.

Eric Lund stands during the ceremony. His mother, Laura, is to the right.

Eric with his aunt, Melissa Boggs

Eric with his aunt, Melissa Boggs

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By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.

HAMLIN TWP. — Three years ago Sgt. Eric Lund of Ludington was serving his country with the Michigan National Guard when his unit was struck by an explosive device. Eric’s injuries included the loss of both his arms. On a warm summer day in 2013, ground was broken for Eric’s new house in southern Hamlin Township. Today, that house became a reality.

The house, which was built through the Helping A Hero organization, is completely adapted to Eric’s accessibility needs. It includes handicap accessible appliances, light switches, doors and even toilet. It features a wireless, voice-activated system that allows him to control several features around the house.

eric_lund_hero_016The dedication ceremony included speeches from congressmen Bill Huizenga and Dan Benishek along with a message from Dr. Rick Plummer, executive director of the Mason County Historical Society. The Ludington High School band was present to perform patriotic songs while members of several veterans groups stood with American flags. The presentation’s finale included a performance by recording artist Lee Greenwood, who sang “God Bless the USA.” Following, the public was invited to tour the house.

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