Upcoming Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township Events
| Aug |
| Due Date for Fall Paver Orders |
Vietnam Veterans of America, Detroit Chapter 9 Presents Wreath
Mr. George Adams, Director of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Detroit Chapter 9 presented the VTOT Board of Directors with a wreath to display for Memorial Day. And by happenstance, a newly commissioned Ensign in the US Navy was at the Tribute with her family for some personal photos, and she joined us for a group photo to carry on the tradition of service to our Great Nation!
VTOT Flag at sunrise on 9/11
The flag at half-staff over the Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township at dawn on 9/11/2019
Inaugural Memorial Day Parade
Residents and Veterans honored Fallen Service Members with the 2019 Memorial Day Parade and Commemoration that concluded at the VTOT site. A WWII B25 Marauder Bomber from the Yankee Air Museum made three wonderful flyovers during the parade. This inaugural event was such a great success that the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce has already begun planning for the 2020 Memorial Day Parade!
You can find your paver's location in the "Find My Paver" search tool.
New orders received by September 1st, 2020 will be installed by Veteran's Day 2020.
Covid-19 Impacts VTOT
- The VTOT planned to dedicate the first of five US historical document markers at the conclusion
of the Rochester Memorial Day Parade on May 25th, 2020. Sadly, the parade has been cancelled due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, and the pandemic has also prevented shipment of this beautiful granite Monument of the
Declaration of Independence from the manufacturer.
Please check this site for updates on the date of our dedication ceremony.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has also delayed manufacturing of our spring 2020 Brick Paver orders. Our goal is
always to install the spring order before Memorial Day but we aren’t sure that will be possible this year.
Please check this site for updates on when we will install those pavers.
Help Support the Tribute
- Master PlanThe Master Plan plan includes an improved entrance sign and a
total of five historical makers, as well as raising the VTOT Endowment Fund for perpetual maintenance of the Site.
To learn more about contributing to the next phase of the plan, please contact Directors Terry Gonser firstname.lastname@example.org
or Tim Reese email@example.com for information. Click here to see an illustration
of the next phase.
- Volunteers Needed: The VTOT is seeking two new members to join our volunteer staff:
Both positions involve some calls,
emails and the occasional monthly meeting. If you have a few hours each month and would like to donate your time in
support of Veterans and the VTOT project, please contact Board Members Tim Reese (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Terry Gonser (email@example.com). These are fun and rewarding positions!
- Webmaster Our webmaster posts pictures and other information to the website to keep it current, and
manages the “Find Your Paver” tool on the webpage.
- Brick Paver Coordinator. Our paver coordinator tracks orders for engraved brick pavers during the year,
and twice a year submits an order to the paver engraver to get them made.
Interested in using the Tribute site for your civic or patriotic event?
The Tribute site is available for your patriotic or civic event outside of Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veteran's Day.
Reservations are available up to six months in advance, and are subject to approval
by the Board of Directors. Please use the Usage Form to request a date for your event.
Scan and email completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
Who We Are
Honoring all Veterans of our Armed Forces and their role in preserving our freedom.
The Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township (VTOT) is a non-profit corporation chartered by the state of Michigan and
created solely for the construction and operation of a tribute in Oakland Township to the United States
Armed Forces and Military Veterans. The tribute is located at 5236 Adams Road, Oakland Township, Michigan.
The VTOT is led by a volunteer, unpaid Board of Directors who are all
residents of the Township:
- Timothy Reese, Colonel, US Army (Retired)
- Mike Whitefoot, Lt. Colonel, US Air Force (Retired)
- Terry Gonser, former Supervisor of Oakland Township, 2012-2016
- David Sokol, Veteran, US Army
- Dennis DaSilva, Veteran, US Air Force.
Donor of the day
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!
Tribute of the day
All funds raised for the project are managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, a
Federally approved 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
VTOT has established a fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester to capture and manage donations.
No money passes through VTOT, All donations from this website will be processed through Paypal and deposited directly
to the Foundation account in the name of VTOT. Please visit the Foundation website for more details about this