Announcements

Posted 11/11/2018

Veteran's Day Open House


Veterans and Scouts gather for a photo during the Veteran's Day Open House at the VTOT Tribute to mark the 100th anniversary of the day the guns fell silent on the Western Front in World-War I.


Posted 11/9/2018

First Snow


The first snow of the year blankets the Tribute.


Posted 10/25/2018

The fall brick orders have been installed!


Take a minute to stop by and see the newly installed bricks!


Posted 8/21/2018

Tribute Receives $10,000 from Venture Global Engineering Foundation


A huge thank you to the VGE Foundation, which has awarded the Veterans Tribute with a grant of $10,000.


Posted 8/1/2018

Braving Rain - the Tribute is dedicated!


Despite the rain, over 500 people donned rain gear in order to take part in the patriotic festivities, highlighted by an Ohio National Guard F16 flyover and a stirring rendition of our national anthem. Click on the image above to see the slide show!


Posted 7/23/2018

First visitor


Although the dedication is still a week away, we had one of our first visitors. She apparently really liked the landscaping!


Posted 7/13/2018

Landscaping is in


With the landscaping and irrigation in place, only the final asphalt layer and a few minor details remain to be finished before the end of the month dedication.


Posted 6/26/2018

Let the Bricklaying Begin!




The paver bricks are being placed! Did you honor your favorite veteran with an engraved brick? If not, get your order in now for the next installation wave!


Posted 6/22/2018

First Glass Panel in Place!



The first of the Service glass panels is placed into the stainless steel frame.


Posted 6/15/2018

More Progress!



Granite is in, and tribute frames are being installed.


Posted 6/14/2018

Granite moves into Place


The beautiful weather has allowed excellent progress, with the crane on site yesterday and today, moving the several-ton blocks of granite into place. Following placement, the granite will be grouted and the frames for the glass panels will be put into place.


Posted 6/7/2018

Granite Arrives!


Wow, the beautiful granite work has arrived on site. This spectacular stone will stand in honor to our armed forces. Progressing quickly now!


Posted 6/1/2018

Arial View - Curbs are in!


The concrete curbs are in, forming up the site, and really making the outlines of the project visible!


Posted 4/12/2018

Foundations Take Shape!

The foundation for the services panels has been poured and the layout of the tribute is beginning to take shape. As the weather improves this spring, construction will move ahead. We Still Need Your Help! Any and all contributions are appreciated, we are still short of our fundraising goal. Recognize a veterans service with a tribute brick, or make a donation. With your help we can drive to completion, and launch with our dedication in July!


Posted 11/14/2017

VTOT Site Work Begins


The site preparation work has begun. Thanks to all of the sponsors and donors who have made this possible!


Upcoming Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township Events

Feb
14
Thu
VTOT Black Tie Valentine’s Day Gala 12:1 PM.
VTOT Black Tie Valentine's Day Gala
Mar
1
Fri
Event 5:36 PM.
Due Date for Spring Paver Orders


In Kind Donors

The VTOT is eternally grateful for the generosity of all those people, companies and individuals who have supported this project in any way and at any level. Without you, there would be no Tribute. We would like to make special note of those who have made contributions as IN KIND DONORS and those who are TRIBUTE SPONSORS. This page will be updated as construction of the Tribute continues. All the MAJOR DONORS to the Tribute will be recognized here and on the Donor Recognition Stand at the Tribute once built.

IN KIND DONORS The VTOT Board would like to recognize those companies, contractors, skilled trades people, individuals and organizations who have made substantial contributions to the Tribute in the form of donated professional services and/or materials. Without their donated time, effort and expertise, the Tribute would remain just an idea.


Dominic Moceri

The VTOT Board members would like to provide special recognition for the tremendous generosity and behind the scenes leadership of Mr. Dominic Moceri. Dominic and the Moceri family donated the beautiful piece of prime land on which the Tribute is built, and provided a large cash donation as our start-up fund to get the project off the ground in 2016. Behind the scenes, Dominic is the cheerful, tireless and instrumental leader in helping us coordinate with members of the local business community to "enlist" (pun intended - his son, Nico, actually enlisted in the US Marine Corps during the project!) their support of this Tribute to Veterans. It is not an exaggeration to say that the largest part of our success in building the Tribute is due to Dominic Moceri's leadership and generosity.


Cranbrook Custom Homes

The VTOT salutes Mr. Steven McKay of Cranbrook Custom Homes who is the architect for the inspirational design of the Tribute. For almost two years, Steven's skill and hard work has taken the project from idea to concept drawings, thru illustrations and finally to construction drawings. Steven has graciously provided meeting space for our Board meetings. The VTOT Board would like to extend our most sincere gratitude for the donation of his time, expertise and continued support!


Westphal Associates

The VTOT would like to thank Mr. Donald C. Westphal of Westphal Associates who is the landscape architect for the Tribute. Don generously donated his expertise at the start of the design phase of our project with his beautiful landscape concept. We look forward to bringing Don's landscape vision to life in the spring of 2018!


Giffels-Webster

The VTOT would like to recognize the very talented team of engineers at Giffels-Webster of Birmingham, MI who have donated their professional services for more than a year. Matt Schwantiz and Nancy Standish of Giffels-Webster are Vice President and Senior Project Manager for site design and planning for the Tribute. The VTOT Board wants to extend our most sincere gratitude for their past performance and continued support!


Moceri Companies

The VTOT is happy to recognize Mr. Brandon Guest of the Moceri Companies in Auburn Hills, MI for his many months of donated time and professional expertise during the design and planning phase of our project. Brandon is now the Horizontal Construction Manager for the Tribute. The VTOT Board wishes to thank him for his past support and we are excited to see him supervise the start of construction!


Royal Park Hotel

The Board of the VTOT is very grateful to Mr. Frank Rewold and all of the wonderful people of the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI for their support. We've made a lot of progress in the year since the Kick-Off, and are pleased to acknowledge the generously donated support of the Royal Park Hotel who got us started on the journey.


The Googasian Firm, P.C.

The VTOT Board would like to extend our tremendous gratitude to Mr. George A. Googasian of The Googasian Firm, P.C. in Bloomfield Hills, MI. As former President of the State Bar of Michigan, George provided us with sage legal counsel as we established ourselves as a Michigan Non-Profit Corporation and worked through the many complex issues associated with our lease of the Tribute site, insurance and other matters. Each member of the Board also wishes to say, "we were just kidding about those lawyer jokes" Thank you George!


Walbrun/Saputo


The VTOT is pleased to thank Mr. Charles Saputo and Mr. Steve Walbrun for their generous donation of time and expertise as our Webmasters. Chuck Saputo volunteered to create our website and linked it to our fundraising efforts and the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester to manage our Funds. Steve Walbrun has recently volunteered to continue Chuck's work with his own expertise as we enter the home stretch of our fundraising campaign. We heartily salute both Chuck and Steve.


DaSilva Printing

The Board of the VTOT would like to thank DaSilva Printing of St. Claire Shores, MI. Ray DaSilva has generously donated his time and printing skills for multiple print runs of posters, flyers and other materials. Those products have played a big part in our success over the last year, so we are happy to tip our hat to DaSilva Printing.


Milton Manufacturing

We are pleased to recognize Shelly, Jim Green and all the employees at Milton Manufacturing in Detroit, MI. They generously agreed to fabricate the metal forms within the concrete footings which will hold the giant glass panels of the Tribute. The VTOT Board would like to give a huge shout out to Milton Manufacturing for their generous support!


Central Steel and Wire Company

The VTOT is pleased that recognize Mr. Brian Mazurek and the folks at Central Steel and Wire Company for their generous contribution to the Tribute. Central Steel donated the steel which was used in the making of the foundation for the glass panels and the granite wall. Thank you!


Motor City Industrial

We are happy to recognize Matt Malolepszy, Dawn Daugherty and the great team at Motor City Industrial in Hazel Park, MI. Motor City generously donate the steel fittings, fasteners and other components for the steel frames in the foundation of the Tribute. While you can't see their work, we know it's there holding it all together!


Lombardo Homes

The VTOT is pleased to announce that Clint Hall of Lombardo Homes & Cranbrook Custom Homes of Shelby, MI has joined the VTOT Team as our Vertical Construction Manager for the Tribute, and to do so pro-bono. The VTOT Board wishes to welcome him to the project and thank him for his support!


Denek Contracting

The VTOT wants to recognize Denek Contracting of Warren, MI has generously agreed to donate their expertise to plan, dig, form and pour the concrete / metal footings for the Tribute. Denek has been a key part of our planning, and now the work will begin in early November. The VTOT Board wishes to express our most sincere appreciation for this tremendous show of support!


Rochester Hills Contract Glazing

All of us on the VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. John and Paul Yearwood of Rochester Hills Contract Glazing for the extremely generous support. They agreed to donate the huge, etched glass panels for each of the six Services. They also greatly assisted our engineering team in understanding the nuances of constructing the panels. Their generosity, one of the three largest in-kind donations we have received, will be forever remembered in the majestic vertical sweep of the Tribute. Thank you!


Lafountain Tree Specialists


The VTOT is pleased to recognize Mr. Chris Lafountain of Lafountain Tree Specialists in Southfield, MI for preparing the site for construction in November. The VTOT Board wishes to express our most sincere appreciation for Lafountain's great work and support!


Paragon Concrete

The VTOT is happy to announce that Paragon Concrete of Waterford, MI has generously agreed to donate the concrete for the Tribute footings. The work will begin in early November. The VTOT Board wishes to express our most sincere appreciation for this tremendous show of support!




Center Line Electric

The VTOT is pleased to announce that Mr. Clyde Jones and Center Line Electric of Center Line, MI have generously agreed to help plan and coordinate the installation of electrical power to the Tribute Site, and the electrical work on the site. The VTOT Board would like to give a huge shout out to Center Line Electric for their generous support!


Halo Branded Solutions

The VTOT is pleased to thank Ms. Lisa DaSilva and Halo Branded Solutions for their donated support for our Ground Breaking Ceremony on August 30th 2017. Lisa's quick design and production of our VTOT Polo Shirts kept us "looking good" at the event. Thanks again Lisa!


Sarah Waller

The VTOT is pleased to recognize Ms. Sarah Waller for her donated time and effort in designing several of our brochures, flyers and other presentation materials. Sarah's quick and expert work have been very important to us on multiple occasions. Thank you Sarah!


Hunter's Creek Club

The VTOT Board would like to 'pull' the trigger on a 'double' Thank You to Mr. Charles Mann and Hunter's Creek Club in Metamora, MI. Charlie and the HCC have twice donated the use of the Club for shooting sports fundraising events in the last year. The outstanding facilities and friendly staff are a cut above the rest and contributed greatly to our fundraising success. We are deeply grateful for their support.


Guardian Angel Cemetery

The VTOT would like to acknowledge the generous support provided by Wendy Mann of the Guardian Angel Cemetery and Mike Scott of the Mt. Elliott Cemetery Association. Mike and Wendy have made their conference room available to the VTOT to hold our Board meetings.


The VTOT is pleased to thank Mr. Charles Saputo and Mr. Steve Walbrun for their generous donation of time and expertise as our


G2 Consulting Group

The VTOT would like to recognize the team at G2 Consulting Group in Troy, MI. G2 joined the project team by generously agreeing to donate their time and effort to complete the soil engineering for the site preparation at the Tribute. We'd like to give them a hearty "Way to Go!"


Glencorp, Inc

The VTOT would like to give a very big shout out to Ron Marino and the construction crew at Glencorp, Inc in Shelby Township, MI. The Glencorp team made a huge donation to the project by donating their equipment and time to do all the earth moving and site grading for the Tribute. We could never complete a project of this size without the great support of companies such as Glencorp. Thank you!


Complete Companies

The VTOT Board extends our grateful thanks to Mr. Ken Matheis and the team at the Complete Companies in Orion Township, MI. The Complete Companies has agreed to fabricate and donate the beautiful stainless steel frames for the six, giant glass panels of the Tribute. Their skill and generosity will be front and center for all to see. Thank you!


Professional Engineering Associates, Inc.

We would like to thank Jim Butler and the team at Professional Engineering Associates, Inc. of Troy, MI. PEA generously donated their professional services to review our plans for compliance with Oakland Township zoning rules. Thank you!


Carlisle/Wortman Associates

The VTOT is very grateful to Dick Carlisle, Doug Lewan and the team at Carlisle/Wortman Associates of Davisburg, MI. C-W generously agreed to donate their services to review our plans for compliance with the zoning roles of Oakland Township. Thank you C-W!


Rochester Hills Contract Glazing

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Belden Brick

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank the Belden Brick Company for their generous donation to cover part of the cost of the nearly 15,000 bricks that make up the Tribute, and for their assistance with shipping and storage.  Thank You!


EEI Global

The VTOT Board is proud to recognize the support of Mr. Derek Gentile and the team at EEI Global in Troy, Michigan. Derek’s creative, profession staff at EEI developed the concept for our Donor Recognition Stand and provided us with detailed drawings for the Stand. We can’t wait to get it built. And the Board wants to thank Derek himself for hosting the most outstanding Barn Party Fundraiser at his home in 2017. Derek went above and beyond the call duty – people are still telling stories about the fun and the fund raising success of that night!. We are eternally grateful for Derek’s and EEI Global’s superb support.


Smith & Wesson

The Veterans Tribute would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the Smith and Wesson Corporation. S&W generously donated an AR-15 rifle to the VTOT as an auction item for our 2017 Pheasant Shoot Fundraiser. The engraved AR-15 is a true one of a kind collector’s item. Thank you Smith and Wesson!


Capital Stoneworks

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank the Brandon Hornung and his team of experts at Capital Stoneworks in Bridgeport, MI who made a substantial donation to offset the cost of engraving the military crests and other information on the six beautiful glass Service Panels.  Thank You!


Cloverdale Equipment

The VTOT Board of Directors is pleased to recognize the team at Cloverdale in Oak Park MI for donating their time and a forklift during the installation of the granite and stainless steel framing.  Thank You!


Coldspring USA

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank Dan Pfannenstein, Joe Rossman, Ken Hogan, Brent Peterson and the many skilled craftspeople in Coldspring, MN who quarried, cut, engraved and delivered the beautiful granite blocks that make the Tribute so unique.  We Salute You!


Dani's Transport

VTOT Board recognizes Dani's Transport for their assistance in moving site fill dirt. It's a dirty job but someone has to do it!


MADE LED Lighting

Dave Bernier of M.A.D.E.  LED Lighting:  The VTOT Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Mr. Dave Bernier for designing and donating the LED lighting system that illuminates the glass Service Panels.  Thank You!


DTE Energy

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank DTE Energy for generously donating the work to extend power and emplace a power pad at the Tribute site.  Thank You!


F and M Contractors

The VTOT Board of Directors is pleased to recognize F and M team in Utica, MI for donating their time and expertise in supporting the installation of concrete footings and related site prep.  Thank You Guys!


Family Tree Landscaping

The VTOT Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Family Tree in Dryden MI for donating some of the beautiful trees and other landscaping at the Tribute.  Thank You!


Fastdecks, Inc

he VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank Fastdecks for donating the material and services to caulk the granite blocks that make up the three granite elements of the Tribute.  We Salute You!


Glass + Mirror Craft

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank Glass + Mirror Craft in Wixom, MI who so generously donated the beautiful glass panels that are the most visible and unique element of the Tribute.  Thank You!


J&H Transportation

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to recognize the team at J&H in Sterling Heights, MI for generously donating the assets to haul material to and from the Tribute site during the cold, wet, hot and dry periods of construction.  Your work is literally the ground on which everything rests.  Thanks to all of You!


KLM Landscape

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank KLM Armada, MI who generously donated trees and other landscaping support to the Tribute.  We Salute You!


Meggan Brown

The VTOT Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Meggan for her work is developing and administrating our Facebook presence, as well her help with numerous other publicity efforts.  Thank You!


Piechnik's Greenhouse

The VTOT Board is happy to recognize the folks at Piechnik’s in Oakland Township MI who donated the beautiful flowers which make the Flagpole planter such a wonderful centerpiece of the Tribute.  Thank You!


Pixley Funeral Homes

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. Vern Pixley for donating his time and resources to working with us to design and then have the bronze plaques of the Donor Wall manufactured so we could permanently recognize our many donors.  Well Done and Thank You!


PMS Pavers

The VTOT Board of Directors is very pleased to recognize the great team of professionals from PMS in Sterling Heights, MI who installed the nearly 15,000 brick pavers that are on the Tribute site.  We Salute You!


Rockstar Digital

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. Robbie Dhilon and the team at Rockstar in Sterling Heights MI who designed and donated the Visitor Information Kiosk at the entrance to Tribute site.  Well Done and Thank You!


Trost Irrigation

The VTOT Board of Directors is very pleased to recognize the great team of professionals from TrostIrrigation in Orion, MI who generously donated and installed the underground sprinkler system that is keeping the grass and landscaping at the Tribute looking good.  We Salute You!


Ultimate Framing

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. Jake Riley of Ultimate Framing in Chesterfield, MI who generously donated his time and expertly operated the crane to install the glass panels into the stainless steel frames of the Tribute without a scratch.  Well Done and Thank You!


Skylift Crane

The VTOT Board of Directors would like to thank Mr. Mike Hoskins of Skylift Crane in Brighton, MI who selflessly donated his time and skillfully operated the crane to install the 12 - 9000 lb. granite sections of the Tribute wall.  Well Done and Thank You!


Wolverine Stone Company

The VTOT Board of Directors is very pleased to recognize the great work of Ron Capp and the team of professionals from Wolverine Stone in Warren, MI.  The Wolverine Team supervised and expertly installed all of the granite and the stainless steel frames of the Tribute - and did so at a greatly reduced price.  We Salute You for a Job Well Done!





All funds raised for the project are managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, a Federally approved 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
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