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IRON MOUNTAIN – The Upper Peninsula Veterans War Memorial is shining brighter these days after a major park lighting upgrade atop Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain.
Contributions from about a dozen sponsors and the public enabled the UP Veterans War Memorial and Park Committee to invest about $8,000 for lights atop the exhibit’s 12 obelisks, with three others illuminating the American flag and an added to the POW/MIA monument that past falls.
“We are very lucky to live in the Upper Peninsula, because the people are very generous”, said Dennis Larson, co-founder of the memorial and Past State Sons of the American Legion Commander, in a press release. “Even after dark, visitors should now be able to read the approximately 2,000 names of veterans carved into brick paving stones placed in the obelisks,” said Larson. “The flag is now fully visible at night. It’s nice. It’s the same kind of lights as on the springboard.
G. Brooks Electric of Iron Mountain did the installation, including wiring and mounting the lights, in October.
Once the lighting project is complete, Larson now hopes to recruit an Eagle Scout or other volunteers to develop an alphabetical list of each veteran’s pad location – up to the side and in rows on the obelisks – so that the visitors do not have to search for the memorial.
All cobblestones have now been mounted on the obelisks after a delay due to the COVID pandemic, Larson added. The committee could also use groups or individuals willing to purchase new American flags for the memorial, as they cost around $550 and on average need to be replaced twice a year, he said. Those who want to help can contact Larson at 906-221-9373 or send a check in care of UP Veterans Memorial, 609 Kennedy Road, Iron Mountain, Michigan. 49801