SERGEANT AMOS WEAVER’S FAMILY MEMBERS were present on Memorial Day for the dedication of the Amos Weaver Memorial in Gaines, including, Bryan, Shannon, and Barb Christie; and Jennifer, Josh, Isabella, and Paris Keasler.

The family members are shown gathered around the memorial monument following the dedication at the Gaines Veterans Memorial Park. Weaver’s headstone, which was taken from the Oakwood Cemetery in Gaines where he was buried following his death in 1937, joined the new monument to create a centerpiece for the park that is in the early stages of construction. (Independent Photos/Graham Sturgeon)

The Village of Gaines was the place to be Monday, as over 100 area residents, veterans, and dignitaries packed the village to attend the dedication of the village’s newest war monument, in memory of U.S. Infantry Sergeant Amos Weaver, a 1902 Medal of Honor recipient who fought in the Spanish-American War. The monument is located within the Gaines Veterans Memorial Park, on the northwest corner of Genesee Ave. and W. Lord Street. The park was previously created by Eagle Scout Ron Hernando to augment the existing Peace Park on W. Walker Street.

Gaines/Duffield Men’s Club President Dave Aurand kicked the ceremony off by telling Weaver’s story, before introducing the day’s special guest speakers. Gaines Village Council member Barbara Ferris and Joseph Mishler, the president of the Friends of McFarlan Park in Flint, both spoke during the dedication, with Ferris placing a wreath next to the new monument. Aurand also read a proclamation from U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, and State Rep. Joe Graves read another on behalf of Governor Rick Snyder. Additionally, descendants of Amos Weaver were honored during the ceremony, and the Gaines Community Band contributed a beautiful rendition of Ashokan Farewell.

Weaver’s story is harrowing, as the local war hero single-handedly challenged 15 opposing Filipino fighters and lived to tell about it, ultimately dying of natural causes in 1937. Weaver killed four of the 15 enemy troops and wounded several more, with the rest of the group fleeing the area.

The Weaver memorial joined a large bench feature and a path made of monogrammed brick pavers to complete the first phase of the park project, with plans for a sign, a flag pole garden, a memorial to Gaines Gold Star Parents, and additional pavers to come later.

The Gaines Memorial Park Board consists of the Baron’s Motorcycle Club, the Gaines Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, and the Gaines/Duffield Men’s Club, and the group has started a buy-a-brick program to help finance the project. Interested persons are asked to contact Gaines Lions Club member Mary DeMott, (248) 563-4490, to purchase a personalized brick.

Aurand also pointed out that nearly 600 Gaines residents have served in the military throughout our country’s history, with eight paying the ultimate sacrifice. The eight men honored Monday include Alva Blood (Civil War); Arthur Auten, John F. Chase, and Howard J. Demund, who fought in World War I; Raymond McNeill and Leyman G. Riley from World War II; Daniel Beardslee and Ernest Warram from the Korean War; and Richard K. Trevithick and Allen A. Moor from the Iraq War.

Gaines Veterans Memorial Park Dedicated was last modified: June 6th, 2016 by Karen Elford