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Veterans tribute to host groundbreaking



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08/11/2017 - The Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, August 30, at 1 p.m. at the organization's tribute site, 5236 Adams Road, in Oakland Township.

The Veterans Tribute will be built in three phases, with the first two phases scheduled for 2017 and 2018. The first phase includes clearing and grading the site of the tribute, as well as a parking lot.

In 2018, the foundation expects to complete the second phase of the project, which includes paving the access road, constructing the tribute and holding a dedication ceremony. The third and final phase of the project aims to raise an endowment fund to provide money for maintenance of the tribute in perpetuity.

Tim Reese, president of the Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township, said the tribute will include a semi-circular granite wall constructed about 42-inches tall that will encompass six 14-foot tall glass panels representing each of the country's armed forces. Each of the panels will feature etchings and lights to reflect the etchings onto ground inside the circular wall. A flagpole will be constructed in the center of the tribute, and include brick pavers that can be dedicated to individuals.

Reese said the non-profit organization was formed in April of 2016, and has raised about $2.2 million of the $2.5 million cost of the project.

"Unless a miracle comes from the sky in terms of funds, we won't do vertical development until next year," he said.

The Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township origins stem from an agreement between Moceri Homes of Auburn Hills and Oakland Township. Reese said the two parties settled an issue that resulted in Moceri donating the land for the site and a portion of the seed money.

The Veterans Tribute organization established a fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester to capture and manage donations. No money actually passes through the VTOT. More information can be found at vtotmi.org.

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