Veterans Memorial Park on Mackinac Island is a little park on Market Street across from the Island Post Office. I’ve written stories about the park on Veterans Day for the last couple of years, and I’ve tried to convey the reverence and honor bestowed on the men and women from the Island who have served in the military, some giving the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This park is almost hallowed ground for Island residents, and is beautifully maintained throughout the year.
I’ve often noticed the inscribed bricks which make up the base of the park and knew the names mentioned there were those of Island families – laid in memory or in honor of a family member who served his/her country. What I did not know until recently is the bricks can be purchased in memory or in honor of someone who is not an Island resident.
Because of this blog, I know there are hundreds of people who do not live here on the Island, but who love it so much they would be honored to have a brick in this park inscribed with a loved one’s name and be able to see “their” brick when they are on the Island visiting.
Because I now know this is possible, I wanted to share that information with you.
If you are interested, the facts are these:
- Bricks are 4″ x 8″
- There is a limit of 15 characters per row (including spaces) and three rows per brick.
- Lettering on each row is centered by engraver.
- Brick font is black Arial Narrow Bold Upper Case, 5/8″ high.
- Each brick is $50.
If you’re interested in honoring someone in your family with a brick that will remain forever in this beautiful area of remembrance, please contact Rick Linn, Mackinac Island City Treasurer. Rick’s number is (906) 847-6002, his address is P.O. Box 187, Mackinac Island MI 49757, and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funds from brick sales will be used for maintenance of the Veterans Park on Mackinac Island.
I’m going to a little “Ladies Only” supper Wednesday evening, so I won’t be posting on Thursday. Join me back here on Friday morning for Random Photo Day and a new Mystery Spot!