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Veterans bell installed

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MONTROSE, MI (WNEM) -

Heavy machinery took over a Montrose park Wednesday morning. It was needed to move a two-ton bell into a specially-built structure made to honor veterans.

The head of the non-profit Veterans Bell Memorial, Wayne White, is ecstatic.

“I’m happy. Ten years, I’m happy. You know, we worked so hard, have been through so much. Just to get the money to do this thing.”

A unique aspect of this project is that almost all the materials involved come from this area.

“The building was produced out of two hundred ash trees that were cut down locally and cut into timbers. It’s a posted beam structure. We’ve had a lot of volunteer help, and the majority of it has been a local project,” said Jim Stewart.

The 6’ tall stainless steel bell was constructed by local resident Charlie Emmendorfer to honor his father-in-law who was a POW in the Korean War.

The non-profit organization has raised nearly $200,000 for the building to house the bell.

A proud accomplishment for those like White who have worked on it.

“I think everybody really, they really like it. They enjoy it.”

The bell will be run for the first time at its dedication on Sept. 10.

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