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Michigan Chapter of VMW Honors Their Own
- Created on Monday, 09 February 2009 12:00
- Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 20:45
- Written by Brandon Freitas
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For Immediate Release
The Michigan's Fallen Soldiers Moving Memorial Wall was designed and constructed by the Veterans of Modern Warfare, South East Michigan, Chapter 4. (VMW4), a non-profit veteran's group, serving all of Southeastern Michigan. It was built in Early 2008, and unveiled on Memorial Day, 2008 at Freedom Hill County Park, in Macomb County. The wall is about 30 feet long, and prominently displays the names of about 230 Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, & Sailors from the state of Michigan who have made the ultimate sacrifice, while serving in a combat area, in support of global wars since Operation Desert Shield started in 1990. Each name is permanently engraved on an oversized gold-anodized "dog tag" that has their name, rank, branch of service, the date that they gave their life, their hometown, and the country where they gave their life.
This wall travels to important, veteran-related functions to raise awareness on the real cost of war, and to give families, friends, and the Michigan public in general a physical memorial where our lost loved ones can be honored in a meaningful, moving, way. Occasionally, at certain functions, the wall is displayed near the Vietnam Veterans of America's (Chapter 154) traveling memorial wall, creating a seamless transition of honoring Michigan's fallen, to date back to the early 1960's.
The Veteran's of Modern Warfare, South East Michigan Chapter 4, can be reached at 16945 Twelve mile road, in Roseville, MI 48006, or by contacting the Chapter 4 President, Brad Cook, at 586-615-9975, or at our website, www.VMWSEMICH4.com. The VMW national website is www.VMWUSA.org, and our close affiliate group, The Byron W. Fouty Awareness Foundation, can be reached via www.BYRONWFOUTYAWARENESSFOUNDATION.com.