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July 11, 2014

ALWAYS A MARINE

Niagara Gazette — As a younger man, Micheal P. Barrett spent his days in Youngstown before graduating from Lewiston-Porter High School.

These days, Sgt. Major Micheal P. Barrett is known as a Niagara County guy who worked hard at his career of choice, rising all the way from a recruit to the highest enlisted rank in the U.S. Marine Corps.

On Thursday, Barrett’s friends and supporters gathered on Church Street in the village to present him with a special honor.

A section of the road, roughly a mile-long stretch, near Veterans Park has now been designated as “Micheal P. Barrett Way.”

“He’s a hometown guy from our little town, Youngstown, who joined the Marine Corps and is now the top guy,” said Jeff Baker, a Town of Porter councilman and longtime friend of Barrett’s who helped bring the honorary way project to fruition. “Freedom isn’t free and this is one of the guys who pays the price for us. We just wanted to show our appreciation for his dedication to his country.” 

Barrett and members of his family and his friends participated in a dedication ceremony on Thursday. He said he was grateful for the honor and “very humbled” by the experience. 

“As I sat in the Pentagon last night, I was consumed with the thoughts of so many who have done so much more than I,” Barrett told the crowd during Thursday’s ceremony. “When people see this sign, I hope that people see the hundreds that have went before me and done far more than me. When people ask about this sign, I want you to say ‘it’s about tomorrow.’ What I mean by that is, for your tomorrow we will give our today.”

Family members said serving the military has been something Barrett aspired to do from an early age. 

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