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World War II monument relocated

Stonemasons who volunteered their time to move and rebuild the World War I/II monument are (L to R) Joel VanVeldhuizen, Jim Phillips, and Terry Merlington.
Post photo by J. Reed

A monument built sometime after World War II and dedicated to veterans of both World War I and World War II now has a new home.

It was relocated from Morley Park, on Cedar Street, to Veteran’s Park, on Oak Street, in Cedar Springs.

Stonemasons Terry Merlington, Jim Phillips, and Joel VanVeldhuizen, all of Spencer Township, worked on removing and rebuilding the structure earlier this week.

The bottom came apart, but a large chunk of the monument was moved with a backhoe, with the help of DPW employee Al Kensil.

“It’s been a big job,” said Merlington.

The crew was almost finished Wednesday evening, and planned to finish the top by Thursday afternoon.

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