Honoring Our Veterans
Our veterans are not just names in a history book. They are our fathers and our brothers, our mothers and our sisters, they are our friends and our neighbors. They are the heroes next door. Their stories of sacrifice and courage must be preserved and shared with every generation so that we may as a community always be mindful of the selfless, brave individuals that are responsible for keeping our nation free.
Bronzed plaques near The War Memorial's historic grand staircase preserve the names of those Grosse Pointe residents who served — and those who gave their lives — in World War II. Smaller plaques in the entrance hall memorialize those who served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, as well as in Operation Desert Storm. Additionally, a meritorious service plaque honors those killed during peacetime.
Throughout the year, special legacy-rich programming supports veterans and their families while also providing opportunity for the community-at-large to express a patriotic spirit. Veterans Day and Memorial Day celebrations are now complimented with newer events such as 1,000 Christmas Salutes, Our Community Salutes, and An Evening of Red, White and Blue.
With key supporters including Justin Verlander’s Wins for Warriors Foundation, these programs have been continually expanding their reach to veteran communities.
Across this Land: Memorial Day at The War Memorial
The Patriot Initiative Fund
To promote American patriotism and honor our heroes, The Patriot Initiative Fund serves to support the mission of The War Memorial, recognize veterans as patriots, honor our fallen heroes, foster positive growth and awareness, and engage our community.
For their heroism and dedication, we honor patriots in every form, from veterans to local police. Upon the walls of the historic Alger estate, our Memorial names every warrior from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, who served —or gave his or her life — to protect our nation. From Memorial Day to Veterans Day, events at The War Memorial remind us of our mission to honor our nation’s patriots.
The Patriot Initiative provides service by having a designated fund in our endowment, which grants support to other organizations that excel at providing specific high-value services to patriots. We also offer an annual series of free events for patriots on the campus of The War Memorial.
Providing a strong and consistent demonstration of patriotism, The War Memorial leads the charge to recognize patriots in our community, across our nation, and throughout our daily lives. We also mobilize support for policy and awareness that reminds us of how frequently everyone is affected by patriotism.