The Greater Plainwell Veteran Memorial (GPVM) came into existence only as result of determined effort on behalf of the greater Plainwell area veterans and their supports: specifically members of the Plainwell Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9377. After years of detailed planning and preparation, the GPVM was officially dedicated on November 11, 2009, Veterans Day. Every brick ordered and laid was out of love and respect for an individual who served. Every flag raised was in respect for a branch of our military and every plant and flower placed there was done to honor all who served. Today, the GPVM stands as a living tribute to all veterans, their families, and the sacrifices they made for the grateful community and nation.
But first, we shall never forget . . . The core reason for this and all Memorial Day celebration is to honor the memory of members of the United States armed forces who died in military service for their country.