Veterans Pointe celebrates 20 years

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published November 14, 2017

 Disabled American Veterans Chapter 129 Cmdr. Randy Whitmire honors those who served Nov. 11 during a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Pointe. Standing nearby are U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop and Ed Leafdale.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 129 Cmdr. Randy Whitmire honors those who served Nov. 11 during a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Pointe. Standing nearby are U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop and Ed Leafdale.

Photo by Donna Agusti

ROCHESTER HILLS — Twenty years ago, a group of committed city employees and volunteers decided to pay tribute to those who served their country and gave their lives.

Veterans Memorial Pointe honors the men and women who have sacrificed for freedom since the 1800s. The city park, located on the southeast corner of Livernois and Avon roads, serves as a quiet spot for reflection and as a site for yearly Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies.

“Veterans Pointe is now 20 years old,” said Ed Leafdale, a retired city employee who drove the effort to build the park in 1997. “For 20 years we have had rain, snow, cold and even some nice days — but we’ve never missed a ceremony.”

“What was once just a vision is now a profound gathering place and landmark,” Rochester Hills City Council President Mark Tisdel said at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony. “Today and every day, our veterans deserve our gratitude.”

The 5-acre park in the geographic center of the city features a gazebo, a granite monument, benches, lavish plantings and a memorial brick pathway that winds through the park.

“Each brick tells the story of a real flesh-and-blood hero,” Tisdel said. Memorial bricks are available for purchase through the city and are designed to leave a mark of remembrance.

Veterans Memorial Pointe is also connected to the Clinton River Trail and is close to the waters of the Clinton River. The southeast corner of the park features an extra-wide walkway, landscape planters with seating walls, and viewpoints along the river.

“It is up to every American to support our nation’s heroes,” U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Michigan, said at the ceremony, which drew a somber and respectful crowd. “Never forget the men and women who fought to protect (our) rights.”

Veterans Memorial Pointe memorial bricks are available for $75 each. All proceeds fund the upkeep of the park.

For more information, visit www.rochesterhills.org or call (248) 608-2804.