American Legion Charles A. Conklin Michigan Post #28 - Fallen Heroes Monument Page
Grand Haven Michigan American Legion Charles A. Conklin Michigan Post #28, is seeking donations for a new veterans monument, the "Fallen Heroes Monument", honoring the servicemen from the local area that gave their lives for our country.
American Legion member Ken Kelly is heading up the project. The proposed monument will be place in Grand Haven's Central Park. Plans are to erect a monument in Central Park at the corner of Washington Avenue and Fifth Street, opposite the World War I monument. Other than the World War I memorial there are no memorials for any of our armed conflicts or wars in Grand Haven.
The memorial is designed for area residents who died fighting from Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II), June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War), Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War), Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada), Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama),and from Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism).
The proposed monument will be a three-sided granite pylon topped by a bronze sculpture of an eagle head, bringing the total height to about 18 feet. The monument will include three cast aluminum plaques, two of which will be an honor roll for citizens from northwest Ottawa County who gave their lives for our country.
Ken Kelly is the chairman raising funds for the World War II memorial. Ken Kelly can be contacted directly at (616) 846-2329 or contact Michael Zumbach at (616) 846-6556.
The specific areas of the county being represented by the memorial includes the townships of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Robinson, Crockery, Polkton, Wright and Chester; the cities of Grand Haven, Ferrysburg and Coopersville; and the village of Spring Lake.
The proposal will cost at least $200,000 to pay for the monument and installation. To date, we have raised more than $5,000, including $500 raised by the Grand Haven High School Drama Club from a bake sale.
Efforts are being continued to raise additional funding, including approaching area governmental units, industry, businesses and foundations for donations toward the memorial.