Memorial to honor fallen soldiers

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – Ten men from Wyandotte gave their lives during the Vietnam War.

Now, the city is giving back.

The city council Nov. 21 approved a Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be erected at the east end of Superior and Van Alstyne.

The 10-foot by 6-foot structure is estimated to be completed in about a year and its $20,000 price tag will be paid by the Wyandotte Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, made up of members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans of America and U.S. Marine Corps. veterans. The committee is to fund the project with fundraisers and donations from individuals and businesses.

The memorial is to be constructed of granite with a map of Vietnam and the names of the 10 fallen servicemen. Committee members are also discussing adding a poem to the memorial.

The project, which took about a year to design, is meant to give closure to the families of the fallen soldiers of an unpopular war, committee member Tom Woodruff said.

β€œIt’s about time we got something done for our fallen heroes,” he said.