If you would like more information, have
a veteran that you would like to honor
as part of the memorial, or would like
to donate to the ongoing maintenance
and upkeep, contact Dr. James Stewart
at email@example.com or visit www.
Veterans Bell Memorial
11410 Seymour Rd.
Montrose, MI 48457
Hours: M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
and be mindful
of our debt
to those who
our way of life
real risks, real
just avatars in
a video game.
What started out as a tribute by Charlie
to honor his father-in-law, Richard Velat,
a P.O.W. during the Korean War, became
the six-foot tall stainless steel bell.
Dr. Stewart quoted
a friend’s sentiment:
“I’m not famous but
this is one place where
someone in my family
can come and see what
I’ve done.” We all want
to feel that our lives
have meaning. Veterans,
by definition, have that
The Montrose American
Legion wants to get out
AS A TRIBUTE
TO HONOR HIS
RICHARD VELAT, A
P.O.W. DURING THE
the word! The Veterans Bell Memorial
was opened on September 23, 2016. Its
vision is inclusive and broad. It has been
designed to give veterans’ loved ones
from anywhere and everywhere in the
country a place to come and remember.
The planning committee purposefully
chose to locate the memorial in a spot
that’s not only beautiful but easy to get
to… Montrose Township Park. Six miles
west of I-75, the Veterans Bell Memorial
is housed in a handsome wood building
constructed of 200 locally hewn ash
trees. Community members contributed
to the expense and labor of construction
and continue to support maintenance
and management costs.
All gave some, some gave all.
– Howard W Osterkamp, Korean War
veteran and Purple Heart recipient