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Monument to get new home

Monument to get new home

by Judy Reed

A stone monument dedicated to World War I and World War II veterans may soon get a new home.

Plans are to move the monument, currently located in Morley Park in front of the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, to Veterans Park, on Oak Street. Dan Brown, the man who worked so hard to create the park that now honors all veterans, is working to get the monument moved.

“It will have to be taken apart stone by stone and rebuilt,” he explained. “If it’s picked up, it will crumble.” Brown said it would be moved to an existing pad at the park.

The Post called several sources, but could not find anyone who knew when the monument was placed at Morley Park, or any details behind it. Women of the American Legion Auxiliary tend the flowers at the base of the monument.

According to Fred Gunnell, president of the Cedar Springs Historical Society, the monument was there long before the museum. He said that a man once came to him to ask about repairing it, and said his group had built it. He was from a VFW.

According to The Cedar Springs Story, there used to be a VFW post in Cedar Springs, called the The Cedar Springs Clipper Post #5359-Veterans of Foreign Wars. It was established in 1944, with Everett Wainwright as first commander, and chartered in September 1945, with 72 members. In February 1960, it consolidated with the Sand Lake Post and became the Sand Lake, Cedar Springs Tri Corner Post #7912, which still meets on W. Lake Street.

It was possibly the now-defunct Clipper Post that commissioned the monument.

If anyone has any info on the history of the monument, give us a call at 616-696-3655, or send us an email at news@cedarspringspost.com.

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