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Gold Star monument installed in Tyden Park

Taylor Owens Staff Writer; Gold Star Mothers Linda Curtis and Wendy Ralston unveil the monument in Tyden Park. Despite the rain, a small crowd gathered to honor the unveiling of the American Gold Star Family Memorial in Tyden Park Sunday evening.

Members of the committee that created the memorial said it is only the second of its kind in the state of Michigan.

The Gold Star families of Daniel Courneya, Ryan Curtis, Ernest Belson, Leo Miller and James Dibble were at the dedication of the monument and were recognized.

“This is just lovely,” Roberta Aldrich said. She is the grandniece of Leo Miller, who died in World War I. Aldrich said she didn't care what the weather was, she was going to be there to honor him, no matter what.

Gold Star Mother Wendy Ralston said the goal of the memorial is to honor fallen soldiers like her son, Courneya.

After a prayer, the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance and a few short speeches thanking all the people who helped make the memorial a reality, Ralston read her poem which is inscribed on the stone:

 

“We proudly stand for our family,

That served and have now died.

Memories are all we have,

A tear in all our eyes.

 

They knew what they signed on to do.

They answered duty's call.

The honor of the uniform,

They fought for one and all.

 

They served with pride and dignity,

We knew a call could come.

The heartbeat of the uniform,

A different kind of drum.

 

Memories are all we have,

Of our angels in the sky.

We honor service, life and love,

For those that had to die.”

 

 

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