The Governor spoke of the Metamora native, Sergeant Tyler Ziegel, as an example of courage.
Ziegel suffered severe injuries in a 2004 bombing in Iraq and endured more than 50 surgeries.
He commended Ziegel on being an advocate for veterans and military families. He said, "Last December Srgt Tyler Ziegel died in an accident. May his immortal soul rest in peace. He was a great Marine, Semper Fi, and a man I was proud to know. If our service members can summon that kind of courage day after day, then surely we can summon political courage in the days to come."
Ziegel passed away last December from injuries sustained in a fall.