Friday, May 28, 2010

Michigan V

Michigan, like some others I am finding, has at least two major Vietnam Memorials. This one located in Island Park, in Mt. Pleasant, was built by vets. Completed in several stages, it now includes a wall of names of those KIA/MIA, a number of flags and the aforementioned statue,"War Cry." The park and the memorial sit on the Chippewa River and the first completed component of the site was a bridge connecting the site to the ball fields on the other side of the river. The other parts of the memorial were added over time.

Listed on the wall are the 2654 KIA/MIAs from Michigan. One of the things that is unique (at least this far) is that both Michigan sites list all the names of those lost or unaccounted for at this time.

The statue is the same one mentioned earlier where I met a vet "giving my brother a drink" which led to the visit to and signing of the Jeep he and his "brother" dedicated to all vets. If this is your first visit to this site, scroll back a few posts and you will find this wonderful story.

This memorial was built before the one at the state capitol in Lansing and thus is the "memorial" the one in Lansing is called the Michigan State Vietnam Monument. I will post on that one very soon. It too is a great site.

1 comment:

  1. This may be my favorite statue. It brought tears to my eyes, just seeing the picture of it. Very powerful.