Creating a more accessible space to honor Berrien Township veterans is exactly how grant dollars from the Berrien Springs Area Endowment will be used.
“We gladly donated a portion of the cost to help them go ahead with the project,” said Dick Bartz, chairman of the Berrien Springs Area Endowment.
The project centers around moving the monument from its current location at the site of the former post office on the corner of Deans Hill Road and M-140 to its upcoming location across the street at the Berrien Township Hall park. The move is needed because, after the post office was sold to a private party, only a couple parking spots remain for the public to use when visiting. Additionally, the parcel of land is not conducive to expanding the monument to honor future veterans. The monument lists veterans who previously served and includes a special Honor Roll section to name those who died in combat. According to the township, there are an estimated 263 veterans buried in its five cemeteries.
The Berrien Springs Area Endowment Fund also awarded a grant to Trinity Lutheran School to update its current playground equipment. The school is seeking to update the equipment for both its students and children who live in the community to enjoy.
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