An honor student and an athlete, “J.W.” could have chosen any number of paths, yet he loved this country and wanted to serve her. He joined the Michigan National Guard while still in high school. After serving a tour in Egypt, J.W. volunteered for deployment to Iraq where he completed his mission on November 21, 2005. He left behind a young bride among other family members to mourn his loss. Thank you Pfc. John W. Dearing for your bravery, patriotism and for your ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the Land that we Love.
The Veterans Memorial Park of Northeast Michigan
is located on six acres of Oscoda Township property located at the
former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. This site is being developed
to honor the memory and contributions of Veterans who have served
our country with honor and dedication. Currently, we are in
the process of construction of a Pentagon Service Memorial.
This project is being constructed on a concrete slab of just over
11,000 square feet that has been laid in the shape of a pentagon.
At each corner of this pentagon, a set of two walls is being
constructed which will consist of 8 X 16 inch granite tiles on which
are engraved names and service history of honored veterans.
Located on the corner of Skeel Avenue and F-41, the Veteran Memorial
Park was established on Veteran’s Day November 11, 2006 and consists
of 6 acres under continuing development. The Circle of Flags, which
includes the 54 United States and territorial flags is impressive.
The Visitor’s Center is open on all holiday weekends, special events
and other selected times. The parks stated purpose is to provide a
place of relaxation and reflection which recognizes and preserves
the honor of those who served and scarified for our freedom.