ON WEDNESDAY, June 6, the 74-year anniversary of D-Day, the Durand Memorial branch of the Shiawassee District Library unveiled and dedicated its new plaque honoring veterans of World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries from several levels of government and residents from all over the greater Durand area.
The new plaque was purchased with funds from the Friends of Durand Memorial Library and the city of Durand Parks and Recreation board. It replaces the building’s original plaque that was moved to the new Veteran’s Memorial Park.
The library opened in the spring of 1954 as a memorial to veterans of World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Funds for the building were raised in the community over several years, with the groundbreaking held in 1953. Names of local veterans who served in the three wars are on display in the lobby.
Speaking during the ceremony was event emcee Jeff Decker, Friends of the Durand Memorial Library President Becky Landris, Shiawassee District Library Board President Thomas Smith, Harold R. Cooley Marine Corps League detachment member Ron Anderson, Durand AmVets member Russ Amidon, Durand VFW member Dennis Martin and Durand Mayor Deb Doyle (far left).
Presenting the colors for the dedication ceremony were Durand AmVets members Jeff Smith, Russ Amidon, Tom Gomos and Roger Burgess.
Trent and Nate Schaefer, members of Cub Scout Pack 84, led the Pledge of Allegiance with their father and scout leader, Ted. Refreshments were served in the library following the program.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)