At one time in Old City Park there was a memorial with plaques of Boyne City residents who has served in World War II. Over time the monument deteriorated and the monument was taken down; however, all of the names were saved.
The American Legion came to the City with an idea of a new memorial to put the plaques on, with the potential of expanding in the future to include veterans from other wars. The location for the proposed memorial that seemed to make the most sense is in Veternas Park, at the current memorial near the State Street entrance.
After meeting with City staff, the Parks & Recreeation Advisory Board, the City Commission, and finding an architect who was willing to donate his time to the cause, the proposed plan began to take on a life of it's own and became much more elaborate than had origianlly been planned. The American Legion has teamed up with the VFW, Sheriff George Lasater, and the Eagles Lodge to raise the necessary funds.
Much progress was made on the Memorial this summer and fall. Volunteers have been working diligently most of the summer and an amazing amount of work has been completed. Flags were erected, lighting installed, shrubs planted, concrete walkways poured, and accent stone laid. Work has halted for the winter; however, they will start back up in the spring. This is a beautiful addition to our Park.
The official dedication for the memorial will be Memorial Day May 25, 2009.
Many businesses, organizations, and individuals have dontated time, services and funds to make this vision a reality. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please contact Citizens Bank, any member of the American Legion, VFW or the Eagles.