A new Veterans Memorial Garden in Ford Park will be dedicated on Memorial Day.
Submitted to Harbor Light Newspaper
The American Legion Auxiliary, Smith-Hoover Unit 281 in Harbor Springs established a Veterans Memorial Garden at Josephine Ford Park. The garden is a tribute to all who served in the military and is in memory of all the deceased members of the Unit 281 Auxiliary.
The garden encompasses the flag pole and the memorial rock. On July 4, 1979, after the Fourth of July parade, an American flag, flag pole and memorial to Leona McDonald were dedicated to the City of Harbor Springs by the American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. McDonald was the mother of George E. McDonald, Jr., the only Harbor Springs man to die in Vietnam. The memorial is in her honor and the flag pole honors both Mrs. McDonald and Elna Reber.
It is important to remember and honor local Veterans as well as the deceased members of the Auxiliary who gave many years of service for the American Legion Auxiliary and the country which it serves.
This garden is for everyone to enjoy but more importantly to stop by and remember those who protect us and keep us free. A dedication service will take place on Monday, May 27 at Josephine Ford Park immediately following the ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery between Noon and 12:30.
The garden is possible due to donations received in memory of our deceased members. If anyone wishes to contribute to the garden project please contact Margaret Ward at 231-838-3025.
Polly's Plucking & Planting and Cupps Masonry greatly assisted with this worthwhile project.