Latest on The Michigan War Veteran Memorial as of Sunday 10-13-2019
The project now falls into our responsibility. We must set our primary goal as to raise sufficient funds to re-erect the War Memorial and place it in Milliken Park as promised by the State of Michigan. The minimum goal is $400,000.
On September 9, 1939, World War 1 Veterans, their families and Michigan State Fair attendees, gathered on the corner of Woodward Ave & East State Fair in Detroit, Michigan to see the Dedication of the Michigan War Veterans Memorial.
After a prayer for peace the Memorial was unveiled in the presence of at least 5,000 persons. The stone tower, stood 35 feet high, built with stones contributed by 700 posts of veteran’s groups throughout the State of Michigan along with a few from Canadian veterans’ groups. The Memorial was topped by an ever-burning light fed by natural gas that was to burn 24X7 in honor and in tribute to Michigan Veterans who have participated in all our Nation’s engagements since the Civil War.
The flame went out in 1955 and has not been lit since. Despite the efforts of Korean Veteran Vince Brennan who picked up the restoration efforts in 2000 and Vietnam Veterans Paul Palazzolo and Dick Chatman who assumed the fight for restoration in 2005. Sadly, Comrade Brennan passed away not seeing the Memorial Restored and the flame lit, hopefully with this latest effort, the same fate won’t befall Paul and Dick.
Robert Allen Detroit Free Press Article May 10, 2017 Concerning Plight of Memorial