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Veterans Memorial Dedication

Note: Veteran services are held each year at the memorial on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

Veterans Appreciation Day 2014

In honor of the tremendous efforts, hard work and dedication of the Veterans Memorial Committee, this tribute will remain featured on the Niles City Website.  We invite you to visit our Veterans Memorial in downtown Niles.

Veterans Memorial Dedication
November 7, 2004
Riverfront Park, Niles Michigan

To remind us to remember all who served,
in whatever place,
in whatever capacity,
the men and women of the
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard.

If you're interested in purchasing a veterans' memorial brick or other item for Riverfront Park,
click here to complete a Riverfront Park Form.

Photo Album

The following photos are courtesy of
Donna Ochenryder, Historian

The crowd begins to gather for the ceremony.

Keynote Speaker, Sammy L. Davis,
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

Sammy L. Davis

Crowd watches the dedication of the memorial.

Dedication of the memorial.

Hundreds of people came for the dedication of the memorial.

The crowd waits for the flyover.

Two Marine helicopters perform flyover.

Crowd watches the flyover.

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Inscription on the north side of memorial.


The following photos are courtesy of Officer Jeff Dunlap,
Niles Township Police Department

Mayor Michael McCauslin speaks at the dedication.

City Manager Terry Eull speaks at the dedication.

The crowd admires the memorial.

McCombs Family bench who had family members
serve in four of the five military branches.

Two marine helicopters land at Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport in preparation for the flyover salute above the Veterans Memorial.

Helicopters take off for flyover.

The Marine flyover.

Police Chief John Street of Niles Township Police Department is seen with helicopter crew.  Chief Street was a Marine Corps Helicopter Crew Chief himself in Vietnam.

Young Thomas Dunlap gets a bird's eye view inside one of the helicopters.

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The pentagon-shaped base of the memorial holds
plaques from each division of the armed forces:

Steps leading to Veterans Memorial in Riverfront Park.



Veterans Memorial
Committee Members

Lou Liebetrau, Co-Chairperson
D. Mike Ellis, Co-Chairperson
Ross Graham, Treasurer
Ray Phillips,  Construction Coordinator & Brick Sales
John Street, Brick Sales & Military Protocol
Kathleen McCormick, Time Capsule
Donna Ochenryder, Historian & Time Capsule
Jim Ball
Marcelle Cole
Lee Funk
Doyle Harpole
Bill Hradel
Bill Kring
Jim Lockstidt
Rex McCombs
Dorothy McLaughlin
John McLaughlin
Herb Ochenryder
Rev. Lloyd Phillips
Rev. Harry Pierson
Gordon Poe
Ruth Pridavka
Lavoe Priest
Flora Riddle
Rev. Fred Smith
Odie Stewart
Ron Stull
Joan Warner
Milton Warner
Dick Wozniak
Gerald York
Granite Work Provided By:
Bill & Genie Cooper
St. Joe Monument Co.
Benton Harbor, Michigan


"You must give some time to your fellow man...
something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. 
For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.  Your bothers are here too."

--Albert Schweitzer


Veterans Memorial Dedication
Sunday, November 7, 2004 - 2:00 PM
Riverfront Park, Niles, Michigan

1:30 pm Music by Cliff Nelson
1:50 pm Post COLORS
Buchanan American Legion Post 51
2:00 pm Call all veterans to attention for playing of National Anthem
Welcome Mike Ellis, Co-Chairperson
Veterans Memorial Committee
Invocation Rev. Fred Smith
Welcome, History & Introduction of Committee Members Mrs. Lou Liebetrau, Co-Chairperson
Veterans Memorial Committee
Niles Mayor Mike McClauslin
Niles City Manager Terry Eull
Dedication Lou Liebetrau & Mike Ellis
Co-Chairpersons, Veterans Memorial Committee
Music God Bless America
Sung by Steve Roberts
Guest Speaker Bill Wenger, Pearl Harbor Survivor
Guest Speaker Mrs. Jo Edinger, Gold Start Mother
Keynote Speaker Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
Sammy L. Davis
Music Proud to be an American
Sung by Steve Roberts
21 Gun Salute
Taps Played by Mindy Burns

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