Fallen Heroes Memorial installed

The effort to have a memorial honoring veterans killed in wars after World War I came to fruition on Monday with the installation of the Fallen Heroes Memorial. Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Kelly, co-chairman of the fundraising effort to place the memorial at Grand Haven's Central Park, said the installation went as planned.
Len Painter
Nov 15, 2011

“They (workers) did a great job,” Kelly said.

Two companies were involved in the installation process of the monument, which was delivered in three sections.

The monument, located in the southeast corner of the park, will be dedicated on Dec. 7 — Pearl Harbor Day.

Originally, the dedication had been planned for Veterans Day, but the monument couldn’t be delivered until Monday. Veterans Day was Friday.

Kelly will be the guest speaker at next month’s dedication. He said the veterans listed on the monument will receive full military honors at the dedication.

Kelly said his own experiences during World War II motivated his efforts to build the monument. “I felt that the soldiers who were killed never got the honors they deserved,” he said.

To see more photos from the installation on Monday, click here.

Kelly said the memorial committee has raised $126,000 for the monument that will honor soldiers killed during World War II and wars that followed.

The fundraising drive will continue, he said. The total cost of the monument is $130,000, Kelly said.

Kelly said the committee still has 4-by-8-inch bricks available for a $100 donation and 8-by-8-inch bricks for a $1,000 donation. Forms are available at the American Legion Charles Conklin Post 28, 700 Harbor Ave.

“We have such a wonderful community,” Kelly said of all the donors who have come forward.

Kelly said the committee is hopeful of exceeding its goal so that bricks can be set up around the memorial.

The local American Legion and VFW posts have been working together to have the monument placed in Central Park. The fundraising drive was launched in June 2010.

American Legion and VFW members came up with the idea of the monument following the dedication of a World War I memorial on the southwest corner of Central Park. That memorial originally had been located across the street in the old Ottawa County Courthouse parking lot.

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