Trump signs bill to rename Detroit post office after Aretha Franklin


President Donald Trump signed a bill on Tuesday to name a Detroit post office after legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who passed away in 2019.

Legislation, passed by the US Senate last month, designates the US Postal Facility at E. Jefferson Ave. 12711 in Detroit to Franklin.

US Representative Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, sponsored the bill and said last month she was “thrilled” with her passing and the chance to honor Franklin, who was a friend of hers.

She said it was “another opportunity to celebrate the outstanding life and legacy of our beloved ‘Queen of Soul’, Aretha Franklin.”

Trump also signed a bill on Tuesday to rename the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Ann Arbor to Lt. Col. Charles S. Kettles of Ypsilanti.

Kettles, who died in January 2019, served as the commander of an army helicopter during the Vietnam War. In 2016 he was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading a rescue operation that saved the lives of 44 soldiers in May 1967.

Kettles “never asked for credit or sought the limelight for his selfless service and courage,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, who sponsored the renaming bill.

“But by engraving his name above the Ann Arbor VAMC, we ensure that his story will be told through generations and that his legacy will be cherished by all who seek care within those walls.”

Senator Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Ward, sponsored the Senate Bill with Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing.

“LTC Kettles’ bravery, selflessness and dedication to its peers embodied the values ​​that make our military – and our nation – so strong,” said Peters.

“As Michiganders, we are forever proud to call him a local son – and his exemplary service will inspire future generations too.”

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