By David Fleet
Groveland Twp.-At 10 a.m. July 4, the Patriot Pavilion, behind the Groveland Township Hall, 4695 Grange Hall Road, Holly, will be dedicated to honor township veterans. The project was planned by a small group of individuals seeking to remember, honor and recognize all township veterans including active-duty service men and women past, present and future.
In 2000, the Forest Grove Park and pavilion was dedicated to the residents of the township. The project will include the restoration of the pavilion and honoring township service men and women. Funding for this event came only from private donations and no township money was used to support it.
“The team of people working to put this event together are very passionate about supporting the troops and veterans,” said Theresa Bills, mother of active-duty sailor Avery Bills. “We all felt strongly that the community needed a positive outdoor event right now to unite us all during the ongoing pandemic. With the cancellation, this year of the Memorial Day parade and many Fourth of July activities, this event couldn’t be more timely and welcome.”
The dedication will include, presentation of colors, singing of the National Anthem, benediction by local resident Gunnery Sgt. Alan Hoover, presentation of a wreath to a Gold Star mother Judy Miracle, presentations by Commander Dennis Hoffman of VFW Post 582 and Louise, the Desert Angel.
“I feel proud to support our veterans and active military members,” said Laurie Dallape. “My father and uncles were all part of the military and I respect what they sacrificed for us all. My uncle made the ultimate sacrifice and died in WWII.”
The dedication will concluded with Taps, retiring the colors and singing America the Beautiful. There will also be an opportunity for the community to learn more about supporting the Patriot Pavilion project.
“My husband is an Army veteran, my son is active duty US Navy, my father is an Air Force veteran, and my late brother was an Army veteran,” said Bills. “I have a special place in my heart for those who serve others and I come from a family committed to service. The team putting this together know that there are many residents with active duty family members in the community that we are all thankful for their sacrifices and grateful that there are people willing to volunteer to protect the freedoms we all enjoy.”
Parking at the township is limited. From 9:15-9:50 a.m, shuttle service will be provided from Fire Station 2, 3085 Grange Hall Road. Lawn chairs are encouraged due to limited seating.