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Ceremony Sunday Is Climax of Long Effort to Honor Service Men

A memorial to soldiers and sailors of Ida township will be dedicated tomorrow in the Lulu cemetery at 2 p.m. The dedication marks successful culmination of a 25-year campaign for the memorial by 80-year-old Joshua West, life-long resident of Ida township, and adds appreciably to the township's patriotic expression.

The 14-foot shaft of concrete and stone, backed by a 24-foot flagpole and centered in a circular walk, overlooks a cemetery which Ida township residents think may be unique in one respect: flags and markers are placed on graves of wives of war veterans, as well as on the graves of the veterans themselves. That has been true for the past 12 years and, as Mr. West says, "Why not? Wives of soldiers endure hardship as great or greater than those of their husbands on the battlefield."

Oliver Golden, Monroe attorney, will dedicate the memorial. Morgan Parker post, W.R.C. of Petersburg has donated the flag and will present it. The Dundee high school band will play and a group of World War veterans will serve as color bearers.

On August 18, the Ida township board in special meeting empowered Mr. West to erect the memorial and select a committee to assist in choosing a design and conducting a popular subscription drive to pay for the shaft. A Township Memorial Association was formed, with Mr. West as chairman; William Vandercook, clerk and treasurer; Fred Schlump, Frank Wellnau and Ed Verdon, representing the township at large; and Ford Bacon, Floyd Davis, and William Gensler, jr., representing World War veterans.

Mr. Tiedemann of Toledo, one of the Lloyd Brothers Company which designs and builds cemetery memorials, designed the memorial shaft. Mr. Bacon and Mr. Gensler wrote the bronze placque in the memorial and donations of money and work were freely given. The shaft cost about $250. Stone came from Sand Lake in Lenawee county.

Monroe Evening News, Oct. 9, 1939, p7 c8

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