Republic veterans memorial seeks funding for final touches

REPUBLIC — A dedication ceremony was held for the Veterans’ Memorial in Republic last fall, but there is still work to be done to make sure the newly built monument is accessible to everybody.

In a Republic Veterans Memorial Fund newsletter, founding member Sterling Schultz said the dedication of the monument capped a banner year for veterans in western Marquette County.

“Through donations of local people like yourselves and from various corporations we were able to raise $19,000,” Schultz wrote. “This was almost enough to bring everything to completion, and I cannot thank all of you enough for your thoughtful contributions. That said, the job still needs to be finished.”

Schultz, himself a Vietnam War veteran from Ely Township, said an additional $6,000 needs to be raised in order to finish several tasks.

The items include a set of steps in front of the structure, a means of access that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, two dusk-to-dawn lights in front of the memorial, an additional dusk-to-dawn light for the American flag and the remainder of the landscaping.

“We erected this memorial to honor all veterans from the Republic area who served in the military in any capacity from the Civil War to the present whether living or already passed,” Schultz said. “I thank everyone who made this memorial possible, and I look forward to continuing this worthy task of honoring our veterans.”

Those wishing to donate to the memorial can deposit money in care of the Republic Veterans Memorial Fund at any of the three TruNorth Credit Union locations in Republic, Ishpeming or Walmart in Marquette. Donations may also be dropped off or mailed to the Republic Town Hall, P.O. Box 133, Republic, MI 49879.