The Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park - Chelsea, MI
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Quick Description: The Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park located at the corner of M-52 and Sibley Road, Chelsea, MI
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 6/25/2010 8:42:44 AM
Waymark Code: WM93ZZ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
The Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park located at the corner of M-52 and Sibley Road was constructed around 1955. This memorial was damaged several years ago, and with the recent installation of the new pedestrian bridge at Veterans Park, it was felt an appropriate time to address the reconstruction of this memorial. Donations have been received from various organizations and citizens towards this project. This memorial commemorates all veterans from all branches of military service who have served the United States of America during and between any conflicts with which our country has been involved. This Field cross statue was dedicated on Memorial Day 2009.

Community donations are still being accepted at the Chelsea City Office and bricks may still be purchased in memory or in honor of Veterans.

The picture of the U.S. flag being flown at half-mast was taken the day after the funeral for Air Force combat rescue officer, 1st Lt. Joel Gentz of nearby Grass Lake was killed in action in a helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan.


The 25-year-old is the first Jackson County resident to die serving in Afghanistan, was assigned to the 58th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Gentz and three other airmen were killed when their HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter went down Wednesday near Forward Operation Base Jackson, said Lt. Ken Lustig, a public affairs officer at Nellis Air Force Base. Three airmen were injured in the crash.

Lustig said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. The helicopter was conducting a medical evacuation mission in southeastern Afghanistan.

Associated Press reported also killed were Staff Sgt. Michael P. Flores, 31, of San Antonio; 26-year-old Staff Sgt. David C. Smith of Eight Mile, Ala.; and 24-year-old Senior Airman Benjamin D. White of Erwin, Tenn.
Type of Memorial: Multi-War Memorial

Wars mentioned (Multi-war only):
World War II
World War I
Civil War
Vietnam
Korea
Desert Storm
Iraqi Freedom
Panama Conflict
Afghanistan


In Honor Of: Those who have served.

Marker Text:
VETRANS MEMORIAL PARK
IN GRATEFUL TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN
OUR AMERICAN ARMED FORCES


Date of dedication: Originally constructed in 1955, rededicated May 25, 2009

Who Put it Here?: City of Chelsea, VFW Post 4076, Chelsea High School Class of 1953

Description of Memorial:
Veterans Park has a wide brick walkway on which the names of local citizens who have served in the armed force both in peace time and during armed conflicts. The black marble face has the seal of all the branches of the military services. It is a very nice tribute those have served in securing our freedom and security.


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