2017 EFFORTS TO SAVE THE MEMORIAL
Legal Description of Property according to the State of Michigan
2007: Original State Fair War Veterans Memorial Committee. 2 members are now deceased, there are only 4 remaining. Responsibility for the Memorial was assumed by the Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Committee, mainly Richard I. Chatman.
2007-8: Michigan State House appropriated $100,000 in FY 2008-09 for the restoration of the Memorial thanks to the efforts of then State Representative Andy Meissner. House Bill 5812 (H-1), nothing came of it.
2012: Sent letters to State Senator District 4 Virgil Smith and State Representative Jimmy Womack requesting help in getting assistance and funding for the Memorial. None was forthcoming.
2013: Committee partnered with city and state officials to restore and move War Memorial. The plan was to relocate to Gabriel Richard Park. Drawings and renderings were done, cost estimates completed, a committee was formed. Canons at the War Memorial were removed, refurbished and moved to Fort Wayne. After a few meetings, interest waned and city and state support disappeared. Nothing came of this.
2014: State Senator Virgil Smith offers assistance
- Invited Veterans to the Memorial for announcement of saving the Memorial
- Press release of saving the Memorial and developing the State Fair Grounds
- Free Press Article announcing the event
State Senator Virgil Smith went to jail and nothing came of this effort.
2016: With the Michigan War Veterans Memorial literally falling, brick by brick and vandals stealing the Veterans Plaques and no support from our elected officials, I tried one last time to generate interest, this time appealing to Veterans. I started a War Memorial Facebook Page and organized a Save The Memorial Event on Pearl Harbor Day 12-7-2016.
The flame that sits atop of the memorial is supposed to burn 24 X 7 reminding all who view it the sacrifices Michigan War Veterans have made to this country.
The sidewalks are buckling, the weeds are growing, the plaques honoring veterans from across the state and Canada are being vandalized, the bricks are falling onto the pavement and the noble monument to veterans is beginning to lean.
We were left this treasure by World War 1 veterans who wanted to be remembered and wanted future veterans to join them on the memorial. It has stood for 70 years, through good times and bad, its up to us to ensure that it continues to stand.
"We trust that this memorial, when completed, will serve as a constant reminder to the youth of Michigan and the nation that this nation shall never perish from the face of the earth!"
Dr. Linwood Snow, General Manager of the Michigan State Fair, August 2, 1939 at the laying of the cornerstone for the Michigan War Veterans Memorial
The Flame Has Not Burned In Over 50 Years, Be A Part of
Seeing It Light up Woodward Ave in Honor of Our Veterans
Patriotic Citizens, Organizations, Veterans Attempting To "Relight The Flame"
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Read about the history of the Memorial, the struggles and triumphs of the Veterans groups and patriotic citizens involved with the Memorial from 1939 - 2010. Learn why it's so important to veterans and their families.