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Veterans Tribute dedication planned

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published May 15, 2018


OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Construction progress is well underway on the new Veterans Tribute on Adams Road, south of Silverbell Road.

A dedication is planned for 7:30 p.m. July 31. “This will be a very special event,” organizer Terry Gonser said. All are welcome to attend the ceremony, which will include several speakers.

When finished, the tribute will feature clear glass-etched markers rising skyward and encircling the American flag, to be illuminated at night. The design includes a special tribute to veterans who have been disabled as a result of their service.

“It is a nearly $2.5 million project that has been completely funded with private monies and in-kind services by many local businesses,” Gonser said. “This tribute to honor all of our veterans — past, present and future — will be one of the most beautiful and dignified in the United States.”

Land for the Veterans Tribute was deeded to Oakland Township by Moceri Investments, included in the terms of a consent judgment allowing a senior housing development on Dutton Road, at Adams Road, to move forward.

Timothy Reese, one of three Oakland Township residents heading the tribute effort, said the tribute designers focused on the valor, honor, patriotism and nobility of those who have served and are serving the U.S. — giving a positive and uplifting message with a sense of hope.

Since the project was announced, many donations of time, money and materials have helped bring the tribute vision to reality.

“It has been really rewarding to see people and companies contribute to this,” Reese said.

For more information about the Veterans Tribute, visit