For veterans: the story of a local tribute

BEFORE AND AFTER—Pine trees on an acre of land at the intersection of Jupiter and Belmont roads were destroyed by straight line winds. Plainfield Township Trustee Charles Weldon helped transform the jumbled mess into a beautiful memorial park for veterans.

The creation of the Veterans Memorial Park began when the S&J

Development Group donated an acre of land at the corner of Jupiter Avenue and Belmont NE. At first when the land was donated, the township decided to leave it in its natural state. Nature had a different plan when straight winds in the spring of 2001 took out nearly every tree on the property.

In the fall of 2002, Plainfield Charter Township Trustee Charles Weldon suggested that the acre be used to remind citizens of the many sacrifices that township residents made serving in the Armed Forces. The park would become a place to remember the veterans.

The Plainfield Charter Township Board formed the Veterans Memorial Committee, chaired by Weldon. Trustees Wendell Briggs, Carolyn Dee and Kathy Timmerman completed the committee.

The committee contacted dozens of businesses and individuals, receiving an enormous amount of support in the form of donated time, materials and cash. As the park started to form, organizations—including the Master Gardeners of Michigan State University, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts—volunteered their services.

On May 26, 2003, the township had their first Memorial Day service. The Northview band and American Legion Post Furniture City Post #258 was part of the service. From that service until today, Weldon has been in charge of planning each Memorial Day and Veterans Day services.

Plainfield Charter Township has dedicated this park to all the men and women of this community who helped to preserve the freedom of this great nation.

The staff at the Rockford Squire newspaper is preparing their annual Veteran’s Day flag tribute. Individuals or businesses who would like to sponsor a star for $39 or stripe for $100 may call 866-4465 to find out more.

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