The public is invited to the dedication of Middleville’s Veterans Memorial on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. presented by Friends of the Middleville Veterans Memorial.
The project has been in the works since 2010, when a small group met at the Middle Villa Inn and talked about ideas for a memorial, recalls past president of the group, Jerry Walsh.
Ideas were still being formed when the group learned about the 7 foot by 11’ foot granite walls salvaged from Upjohn headquarters; four of the slabs were purchased and the current layout was developed, with Middleville area veteran’s pavers on the inside.
“The large vertical wall will carry the names of those Killed in Action from WWI up to 2009. There is room to add more, unfortunately,” Walsh said.
Originally it was planned to pay for the $100,000 project by selling the pavers at $100, since there is a large number of veterans from the Middleville area, but it soon became apparent they needed to reach out for other donors, he said.
“While we have four partners at $10,000 each, more than 50 percent of the entire fund-raising came from donations of $1,000 or less,” he said.
The group petitioned the village council for the property and was granted the site for the memorial. Welsh has maintained a historical book and newspaper article collection for an eventual museum.
The memorial is just north of the Community Pavilion in the center of the village.
Photo: An artist’s rendering of the Middleville Veterans Memorial