Building the Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township, Brick by Brick

Honoring Veterans with Dedication Brick Pavers

The Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township (VTOT) invites the community to order personalized tribute brick pavers to be installed as part of the dedication of the new monument in July. The pavers will be laser engraved to honor a veteran, a family member, an organization, or to express a patriotic thought. They come in two sizes, 4” x 8” ($150) and 8” x 8” ($300), and may be ordered with a symbol, such as a military crest or the US flag. Tribute bricks need to be ordered by April 30.

Artist Rendering showing the six glass panels, the US Flag and pole, in an outdoor setting

Veterans Tribute of Oakland County – Artist Rendering

The Veterans Tribute is located on the west side of Adams Road, between Dutton and Silverbell Roads, on a five-acre parcel of land donated to Oakland Township by the Moceri family. A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held last August. The Tribute’s focal point will be six massive glass panels, 14-feet tall and 4-feet wide, one for each of the Military Services – Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Merchant Marines – in ascending order of their dates of commission. The personalized tribute brick pavers will be installed along the walking path, around the flagpole, and in front the glass panels.

8x8 Paver with Graphic example, name, and war inscribed

8×8 Paver with Graphic

“The purpose of this monument being built by the VTOT is to honor the role of US Armed Forces in our history, and to honor all Veterans who have served our great nation,” said Tim Reese, a VTOT Director. “As a public space in the heart of Oakland County in Oakland Township, it is available to everyone to visit. The site is also available to school, civic, and other groups who might wish to hold an event at the site.”

Tribute brick purchases may be made by anyone to honor anyone, regardless of where they live. For details on paver options, and to download the order form, visit the VTOT Website. General donations and tribute sponsorships are also available.

“The Tribute is 100% privately funded and includes the tremendous generosity and professional skills from dozens of local and regional businesses and organizations,” said Reese. The pro-bono work includes architects, land development experts, legal advice, site engineers and construction managers, glass and metal fabricators, electrical contractors, plus soil hauling and grading contractors, among many others. “We gratefully recognize all the companies who are supporting the project on our website,” said Reese. Visit www.VTOTMI.org to learn more.

Site Illustration Blueprint showing two overhead views

Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township – Site Illustration

The Veteran’s Tribute of Oakland Township is a non-profit dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of a tribute to the veterans of the US Armed Services. All funds raised for the project are managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, a Federally approved 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

About the VTOT

The Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township (VTOT) is a non-profit corporation chartered by the state of Michigan and created solely for the design, construction and operation of a tribute in Oakland Township to the United States Armed Forces and Military Veterans. All funds raised for the project are managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, a Federally approved 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. An unpaid Board of Directors – all volunteer township residents – oversees the VTOT:

  • Timothy Reese, Colonel, US Army (Retired)
  • Mike Whitefoot, Lt. Colonel, US Air Force (Retired)
  • Terry Gonser, former Supervisor of Oakland Township, 2012-2016
  • David Sokol, Veteran, US Army
  • Dennis DaSilva, Veteran, US Air Force

About Community Foundation Greater Rochester

The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester is committed to enhancing the quality of life for citizens in the Greater Rochester area by providing leadership in building community endowments and local grant making. The Foundation serves as a catalyst for change, a partner with other local groups and a resource to provide solutions for current and emerging community needs.

Comments

  1. Carol Bator says:

    Can we bring our WWII vets?

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