$25,000 grant received towards Veterans Freedom Park

Clare, Mich., November 19, 2013 – A $25,000 grant from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation has been awarded to Mid Michigan Community Action and The Veterans Freedom Park Committee. The grant is intended to fund the development of Veterans Freedom Park in Harrison.

Mid Michigan Community Action is pleased to be the vehicle for impactful community development. “Our involvement means funds for this important project are handled with high stewardship and those focused on building the park can remain focused on building the park, without shifting focus to handle administrative tasks,” said Jill Sutton, Executive Director of Mid Michigan Community Action Agency.

The partnership means plans for the park can move forward smoothly. Those plans include a beautiful pavilion area where events for up to 300 will eventually be held and a granite Wall of Tears memorial, honoring those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. An education path will be installed for students and public to enjoy; the path will engage them in the long forgotten details of past wars and conflicts, lined with brick pavers that the public can purchase with names of veterans inscribed. All pathways will be heated in the winter to be enjoyed year round.

The site is intended to be a gem of Central Michigan, where all veterans and their friends and families can go to remember, honor and reflect. The whole site will be ADA accessible.

“Our entire community of veterans is excited to see this park coming to fruition. We will welcome veterans from near and far to feel honored at the park, and we will invite our community to celebrate here the freedom that their veterans afforded them,” said Renee Haley, Director of Veterans' Services for Clare County.

The Park location is across from Clare County Courthouse, visible from M-61. Ground breaking will occur in spring 2014.

Mid Michigan Community Action Agency is a non-profit human services agency serving Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, Midland and Osceola Counties since 1966.

Clare County Veterans’ Services has been maintained and supported by the County of Clare since 1965. The purpose of the non-profit office is to assist veterans and their dependents in filing benefit claims and to give emergency assistance and death benefits. The Clare County Veterans Services office is in comradeship with many State and National service officers associations working together for our veterans. Veterans Freedom Park Committee was formed in 2012 for the sole purpose of developing a unique veterans park that is a place to 'Honor, Remember and Reflect' on the great sacrifices of our nation's greatest heroes.

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