A VETERANS PARK is being constructed by the Friends of Doyle Knight in Lennon, and proceeds from the Saturday, Sept. 29 softball tournament at Lennon Lions Park will be put toward the expected $80,000 cost of constructing the park. The Lennon Veterans Park will be conveniently located in the heart of downtown Lennon, just around the corner from the village’s elementary school that was named after Lennon veteran Doyle Knight, who died while serving in WWII.
The Friends of Doyle Knight have cleaned up the site and added a privacy fence and a trash receptacle, so far, but that is just the beginning of the group’s unique plan. The park will include a 24-foot long black granite wall engraved with the names of Lennon-area veterans, a statue of Doyle Knight and a Michigan map that will include the names of those who donate to the project, with each donor name engraved on a stone that will be used to comprise both the lower and upper peninsulas.
Digging is scheduled to begin at the park this month. The top portion of ground will be removed, and layers of materials will be added to level the site and firm up the ground in preparation for the heavy monuments that will be added in the future.
Along with the upcoming softball tournament fundraiser, the Friends of Doyle Knight will host the 2019 veterans benefit concert, similar to the events that took place in Durand in 2017 and Bancroft in August.
With construction of the park in progress, now is the time to purchase an engraved stone or reserve a space on the veteran wall. Names of veterans can be added for no charge, and personalized stones for the Michigan map can be purchased for $100, $300 or $500. For more information, or to donate to the Lennon Veterans Park, contact Marcia at (810) 621-3695.
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The Friends of Doyle Knight, a nonprofit group in Lennon with a passion for helping and honoring veterans, will host a softball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 29, in conjunction with the Lennon Lions, to raise funds for the Lennon Veterans Park. The Friends of Doyle Knight is constructing the park in downtown Lennon, across the street from the Lennon Elevator at the intersection of Main Street and Lennon Road.
The tournament will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Lennon Lions Park, which is located at the end of Root Street in Lennon. There is no cost to enter the tournament, but donations for the Lennon Veterans Park will be accepted. Prizes will be awarded for the 1st and 2nd place teams. Games will be shortened to accommodate the tournament format and a growing number of teams, which includes a team consisting of Lennon softball players and a team comprised of local baseball players from the 1950s and 1960s.
This will be a family-friendly community event, with the softball teams providing the entertainment. For anyone not captivated by the action on the field, there will also be horseshoes, corn hole and a playground on site, along with refreshments. The Lennon Lions will be making sloppy joes, the Friends of Doyle Knight will be cooking hot dogs, and there will be salads and drinks, among other menu items.
For more information, or to register a team, contact Marcia at (810) 621-3695.