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.
Veteran’s Memorial Park
by BETH ALTENA Perfect fall weather graced a service at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 5747 Jupiter Avenue in Plainfield Township, one of many Veteran’s Day services around West Michigan. Speaking on his and his wife’s 50th anniversary, Township Supervisor George Meek, a four-year veteran himself, asked the crowd to remember and thank veterans for their service. He shared that he had four grandsons enter the service in 2010. Speaker Senator Mark Jansen also urged listeners to take the time to thank those who serve our country and said veterans come in “all shapes and sizes.” He has a nephew in Afghanistan in his fourth tour of duty. Jansen said veterans are “sons, daughters, husbands and wives.” He praised those who step up to serve our country. “I believe in the Bible and Jesus was a servant. He led by serving,” Jansen stated. Jansen listed countries where the United States has seen military combat, and noted that younger listeners wouldn’t recognize the references to some of the countries. “People are trying to take away our freedom, safety and are trying to harm us,” Jansen said. “On 9/11 they came to our soil.” He said Flight 93 was an example of heroism, and the people who took the plane down in a cornfield to save the lives of many others were true heroes. Heroes are those who have faith, vision and courage as well as the desire to protect those who cannot protect themselves, Jansen described. “Tonight is about all of that, and to thank them. We know evil is in this world for generations. There was evil in the Bible and there is evil today. Veterans are people willing to say yes and to defend us.” “Find someone who has a veteran in their family and thank them,” Jansen continued. “Tonight I hope and pray the generations to come will follow in their footsteps of those heroes, and I ask God to bless this nation.” Meek shared the history of Veteran’s Day. “On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the first world war ended, and in 1919 the country celebrated Armistice Day on November 11 as a day of solemn pride. The holiday was celebrated thus until 1953, when a […]