Veterans Freedom Park Takes Shape in Harrison

A new veterans memorial park is a lot closer to completion today.

Hundreds of veterans and other volunteers planted trees and laid bricks this morning.

The new Veteran’s Freedom Park in Harrison is scheduled to be completed by Labor Day.

Veterans and volunteers, planting, shoveling and sweating today as the Veterans Freedom park in Harrison started coming to life.

“The uniqueness of this park and the ability to cover all war eras all branches of service peacetime and wartime is what brings it so special here and that is exactly what it’s all about,” said Renee Haley the Veterans Services Director for Clare County.

For veterans like Milt Harbaum, this memorial shows how much people care about veterans today. Something he didn’t see when he came home from Vietnam.

“When I came home it was miserable. I spent 8 hours in San Francisco airport waiting for a flight home and of course had to wear my uniform and I got called names, I was spit at, and you did not want to let anybody know you were a Vietnam veteran,” recalled Harbaum.

Fellow Vietnam veteran Dave Later also volunteered today and was touched seeing all the people coming out to build the memorial.

“It really kind of tugs at your heart strings to see not only the veterans taking care of this place and helping get it up and going but other people. People that aren’t veterans,” said Later

He hopes once this memorial is complete it will remind future generations of the sacrifice so many have made.

“It just makes me feel good it makes me feel proud to be American and I’m glad I served and thankfully I got home with all my pieces and there’s a lot of guys that didn’t and I still see people out and moving around and making the best of it and I just think this is a nice thing, nice feeling,” says Later.