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Hundreds celebrate rededication of Veterans Memorial

Dedication1 Over 400 people gathered to celebrate the newly renovated and enhanced Livingston County Veterans Memorial on Saturday, Sept. 28.

In a stirring ceremony, the names of Livingston County service people killed in action were read. In a program that included all branches of the militory, the keynote speaker was John Colone of Pinckney, a Vietnam War veteran and chairperson of the Livingston County Veterans Affairs.

The event also featured military vehicles displayed on State Street.

Dedication2Built in the 1940s and located on the lawn of the historic Livingston County Courthouse on Grand River Avenue in downtown Howell, the memorial lists the names of the veterans from Livingston County who gave their lives in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The memorial is also the site of ceremonies on Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Veterans Day.

The memorial enhancement project, chaired by Louis VanCuyl of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee, received strong community support, both through the sale of engraved bricks set around the monument, and through fundraising efforts.

The “new” monument has additional seating, lighting and new landscaping. Also part of the project is the “Ring of Honor,” in which the donor bricks are set.

For more information, contact the chamber at 517.546.3920.

Photos courtesy of Richard Lim. For a slideshow of his images from the rededication ceremony, click here.

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