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Freedom Park awarded grants

In picture left to right- Renee Haley, Director of Veterans Services, Center; Cindy Friese; Vice President of the Veterans Freedom Park and to the right:  Harmony Nolan, Consumers Energy

In picture left to right- Renee Haley, Director of Veterans Services, Center; Cindy Friese; Vice President of the Veterans Freedom Park and to the right:
Harmony Nolan, Consumers Energy

The Veterans Freedom Park Committee got one step closer to achieving their goal of building the Veterans Freedom Park, thanks in part to two grants that they received. The first grant of $2,500 they received from the Consumers Energy Foundation. The second grant was received from The Clare Community Foundation for $10,000.00

The money was awarded as part of an ongoing fundraising effort by the committee to be able to build the Freedom Park, which will honor our nation’s heroes and serve as an educational tool for students and the public. The Veterans Freedom Park Committee is very honored to be the recipients of these grants.

Having recently reached 40 percent of their $400,000 goal, the committee is right on pace to begin with a groundbreaking ceremony, with work set to begin later this spring. The park will be located in Harrison.

This state of the art park has already been fully designed and will feature a kiosk system, a heated educational trail that surrounds the park and side areas dedicated to particular war eras.

The park will also feature a permanent staging system with seating for 300 people, as well as a black granite ‘Wall of Tears’ that will list the names of our local casualties of war.

Building upon this most recent donation will be the third annual Freedom Run/Walk 5K, held Saturday, April 26. The run, held in Harrison, is in memory of Spc. Robert Friese, who lost his life while serving in Iraq. All proceeds will go toward the building of Freedom Park. www.friese5k.com

For more information on the Veterans Freedom Park, the upcoming run or how you can donate, visit: www.veteransfreedompark.com

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