Chapter 9 Raising Funds to Save WWI Monument

Vietnam Veterans of America Detroit Chapter 9 is collecting donations in order to move a memorial to World War I veterans that has stood on the Michigan State Fairgrounds since for more than 80 years.

Situated near Woodward Avenue and 8 Mile Road in Detroit, the memorial is a stone and limestone masonry structure that stands almost 30 feet tall. It was built using stone plaques donated by multiple posts of veterans organizations in Michigan and Canada and dedicated in 1939.

The memorial is now being dismantled by the state of Michigan, and veterans hope to see it relocated to Milliken State Park and Harbor on Detroit’s riverfront. Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget and state legislature have dedicated $250,000 from the sale of state fairgrounds land to support a salvage study for the memorial; veterans are raising money to aid in the effort, which could cost up to $400,000.

“The State of Michigan donated the land; veterans and citizens raised the funds,” chapter member Paul Palazzolo told the Macomb Daily. “Eighty years later, veterans and patriotic citizens are attempting to raise funds and work with the State of Michigan to move the memorial, relocate it and relight the flame at the top.”

“Our World War I comrades were able to work with the state and raise the necessary funds to construct the memorial. It is our sincere hope that we can duplicate that effort now in working with the state to raise the necessary funds to reconstruct the memorial,” he said.

To support the fund, contact Palazzolo via email at or by phone at (586) 404-0034.

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