We would like to invite and encourage all veterans and the public to join us on our Veterans Day Ceremonies on November 11, 2016. We will start our traditional ceremony at the now completed Veterans Freedom Park at 11:00 a.m. This will be followed by a luncheon at the VFW Post 1075 in Harrison, and a special service at the Harrison High School Gymnasium starting at 1:30 p.m. We will be paying a special tribute to the WWII veterans, with some presentations about this Greatest Generation. We would like to have a 5x7 of each WWII veteran that will go on display after the ceremony is over. Please RSVP if you will be in attendance with a WWII veteran, and how many seats I need to reserve. We certainly hope to see you there! Let me know if you have any questions..
*New this year, we will be starting a memorial tree for all of those veterans we have lost from any generation. This will be on display after the ceremony at the Clare County Courthouse throughout the holidays. Please mail or drop off a picture of your beloved veteran, with a short bio to the address listed below. I will have the tree on site for the Veterans Day event.*
This veterans’ park is conveniently located in Central Michigan; at 200 W. Main Street, in Harrison, MI. This is across from the Clare County Courthouse, on Harrison Community School property. This Park honors our nation’s heroes; and educates our students and the public on the continued sacrifices that our service men and women give for our freedom. This is our chance to give back to those that continue to sacrifice the most, and ask for the least.
There is a unique education opportunity with a welcome center that will hold military artifacts; and a walking trail that surrounds the pentagon shaped park, with side areas dedicated just for the war eras.
For more photo of the Grand Opening Ceremony click HERE.
The "Wall of Tears" was unveiled at the Grand Opening of the Veterans Freedom Park, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. This is the main focal point of the park, as this is located on a permanent stage; that overlooks the park itself. This is a 47 foot long, black and gray granite wall. The wall has 301 names hand engraved of those killed in action from WWII to present; from Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties. The names were read off at the Grand Opening ceremony, and a bell was rung in their honor. Thank you to all who joined us in honoring all veterans, and those that have given the ultimate sacrifices for the privileges that we enjoy today!
The total names engraved are as follows:
Clare County– 41
Gladwin County - 44
Isabella County – 94
Midland County – 122
It is our mission to make this a place like no other to ‘Remember, Honor and Reflect’ on the great sacrifice that our past and current service men and woman have made.
"Remember, Honor, Reflect"
"Veterans Freedom Park" of Clare County will be located across from the courthouse on the corner lot of Broad/Main Street. Harrison Community Schools has generously allowed the use of this lot for our veteran's park.
We are currently in the fundraising phase of our park and just released the final design. It is our motto and goal to make this a place to "Remember, Honor, and Reflect" on the great sacrifice that our past and current service men and women have made.
We need your support! If you would like more information or would like to donate or host a fundraising event please contact us. Thank you for your support!!
Construction of the
Veteran's Freedom Park of Clare County is
completed!! Click here to see pictures of the
progress being made.
...Veterans Day Ceremony
...Team Depot Day
...Veterans Freedom Park Brick Sales
...Thanks to all who participated in the 5K Freedom Run/Walk!
...Two New Grants Received!
...$25,00 grant awarded from 'The Charles J. Strostacker Foundation'
.....Fourth Grant Received!
Many of the Graphics on the Veterans Freedom Park Website were created by Lori Schuh.
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