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Tribute to Korean War veterans dedicated in Belding
Tribute to Korean War veterans dedicated in Belding

BELDING, Mich.—Another piece of a veterans' memorial park in Belding is now in place.

Volunteers with the Belding Freedom Wall group dedicated a permanent monument to the veterans of the Korean War on Veterans Day. The monument sits next to the Belding historical depot building.  Organizer Denny Craycraft says about 200 people attended the event, including many war veterans from the surrounding area.

The new monument is a piece of black granite from India, which has been carved into the shape of Korea. It features the story of a fallen soldier from Ionia County.  The monument stands next to Belding’s historic WWII wall, which was reconstructed then dedicated during Veterans Day 2012. That wall features more than 700 names of local veterans who fought in WWII.

Craycraft says the organization is about half-way done with paying off the $7,800 Korean Monument, through donations. 

“We’ve had outgoing support from a community stricken with bad luck,” said Craycraft.

The group hopes to raise additional funding for the monuments through bricks, which can be purchased on site to honor a veteran.  Tax deductible donations can also be made by contacting Craycraft at (616) 550-6990.

Craycraft says work is already underway to build a WWI monument, which will feature the names of 135 area veterans who served in the war.

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