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Groundbreaking Set for Macomb County War on Terrorism Memorial

Supporters will break ground on the "Heart of America" memorial on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. outside the Macomb County Administration Building in Mount Clemens.

Macomb County has not been spared the loss of friends and family to the war on terror, and so to commemorate the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, a memorial will be erected in Mount Clemens this year. 

Sponsored by the VFW Mount Clemens Post 1794 and designed by a Shelby Township couple, the "Heart of America" memorial will honor the men and women killed action in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere since war on terror began in 2001.

Community members are invited to join Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Deputy County Executive Mark Deldin, members of VFW Post 1794 and memorial designers Phil and Norma Jean Randazzo for a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. outside the Macomb County Administration Building in downtown Mount Clemens.

The memorial will be placed near the flagpoles at the intersection of Gratiot and Cass Avenues.

Once completed, the granite structure will stand nine-feet tall and be engraved with the names of the county’s fallen heroes. The body will be in the shape of the Pentagon and at its top will rest design elements resembling the Twin Towers and a globe to represent the worldwide impact of the war.

Estimated to cost $10,000 to complete, supporters are still working to raise the necessary funds. Community members can donate in several ways:

  • All Huntington Bank locations will accept donations to the Heart of America account.
  • The Treasurer’s Office at the Shelby Township Municipal Building will accept checks payable to the Heart of America.
  • A limited amount of engraved granite pavers are also available for purchase, ranging from $95-$195. Forms are available at www.LincolnGranite.com.
david danyko March 19, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Dear Karen, If this is how you feel there are many more folks that feel the same. You have the right to identify your feelings, your ideas, practice your faith here in America. Please be mindful that you would not have that opportunity if you lived in another country or a different part of the world. Thousands of soldiers have given their life so you enjoy that freedom. Specifically 11 soldiers from Macomb County have given their lives since 9/11. They did not sign up to die. They signed up to serve. A memorial in their honor is nothing more than recognition and acknowledgement of their sacrifice. A lot of folks have spent significantly more on personal landscape and maintenance.
Dave March 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
How so Karen? Am i wasting my money by donating to a cause i believe in? I don't agree it's a waste. Are you trying to say we're somehow wasting taxpayers money on this? Again i don't see where having Mark and his deputy show up at this event is a waste of money. I've been involved with several groundbreakings thru my non-profit groups i belong to and they usually don't spend much time at all at the events.. they show up, get their picture taken and leave. Besides that the amount of money we spend for their time as taxpayers is well worth it in my opinion. I don't see their community involvement as a waste of either our tax dollars or their time.
Karen D March 19, 2012 at 04:04 PM
My comment is not meant to disrespect or belittle what the servicemen and women have done for this country. It only meant that with the economy what it is and cities' budgets in the red, is something like this really necessary right now, or can the money be used in a better place until things get better.
Dave March 19, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I'm still not seeing where the waste is supposed to be coming from. If the VFW and local citizens are paying for the monument with money raised in this community from people who have a desire to honor those who died for our freedom, where is the waste? People will always support causes and issues that they hold dear.. that is their choice. And sure the economy is tough on everyone.. but it's our choice to donate or not to any particular group. As for the cities budgets.. well i don't see how a donation of the land to put the monument on is going to hurt anyones bottom line. Perhaps you're thinking the city or county will get stuck with the upkeep of the monument... that i doubt.. but of course i don't know that they wouldn't. I suspect the cost of upkeep would be more than offset by the money spent in the community by those coming to see it. Least i hope it would draw in some people who wouldn't of normally come into this area for any other reason other than to pay their respects.
Jenny Whalen March 19, 2012 at 05:48 PM
From what I've learned, personal donations are what will build this monument in the first place, and the local VFW will be responsible for its upkeep. Hope this clears up any confusion.

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