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Update on Michigan Vietnam Memorial Monument Refurbishment
November 5, 2008
LANSING, MICH. - The Vietnam Memorial monument located in the Veteran's
Memorial Park in Lansing will soon undergo restoration. The planned facelift
won't be finished before the annual November 11 commemoration of Veteran's
"The contractor knows the importance of working quickly," said Mr. Hugh Hess
of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in Michigan, "but with
Veterans Day coming up next week, it is important to let the public know that
the memorial will not look its best during the project."
Merz & Associates, L.L.C., of Detroit was selected to design and oversee the
$400,000 project. The restoration includes repainting the monument's major
design feature, improvements to the walkway surfaces, lighting fixtures, the
historic timeline of the Vietnam War, and an updated alphabetical list of the
casualties which will reflect the change in status of nine service members
who were listed as missing in action, whose remains have been identified and
returned since the memorial's dedication in November 2001. The project
includes an innovative onsite scale model of the monument to assist the blind
during a visit to the memorial.
The State's Administrative Board approved the maintenance and repair contract
for the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument to Farmington based,
Total Mechanical Construction, Inc. The company was identified by the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs as a "Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small
A second unveiling ceremony is being planned for spring 2009, when the
project is complete.
For more information, contact Angela Simpson at 517-481-8135.