“I think grandpa would be proud to know his flag is being flown in honor of those guys,” said Shumaker, himself a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Shumaker’s grandfather — Wilford Miller of Ashley, Ind. — served in the Korean Conflict from 1950-52. He died Jan. 18.
Shumaker said that, while he was growing up, his grandfather instilled a sense of pride in his country and was likely the inspiration for him to serve in the Navy. Shumaker served in the Navy from 1999-2003.
“He passed away about four days before they needed a flag down there,” Shumaker said. “The actual flag ceremony where I gave the flag to the monument people was on his birthday, March 1.”
With funds left over from the construction of a memorial monument at Central Park, a local veterans group is looking to erect a flagpole honoring those who have served and died in combat. Ken Kelly, co-chairman of the Fallen Heroes Monument Committee, said there is about $20,000 worth of funds left over from monument fundraising efforts.
“We’re going to put the flagpole in the boulevard island on Washington Avenue,” Kelly said, adding it would be across from the new monument in the park.
Shumaker said he has only lived in Grand Haven for about three years.
“I think this was my way of being a part of the community,” he said. “It takes us from being people that moved here to people about to build a life here.”
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