Upcoming Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township Events
| Nov |
| Veteran's Day Event 10:45 AM |
| Feb |
| VTOT Black Tie Valentine's Day Gala |
| Mar |
| Due Date for Spring Paver Orders |
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.
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!
Although the dedication is still a week away, we had one of our first visitors. She apparently really liked the landscaping!
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.
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!
First Glass Panel in Place!
The first of the Service glass panels is placed into the stainless steel frame.
Granite is in, and tribute frames are being installed.
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.
Wow, the beautiful granite work has arrived on site. This spectacular stone will stand in honor to our armed forces. Progressing quickly now!
Arial View - Curbs are in!
The concrete curbs are in, forming up the site, and really making the outlines of the project visible!
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!
VTOT Site Work Begins
The site preparation work has begun. Thanks to all of the sponsors and donors who have made this possible!
The Fall 2018 installation of engraved brick pavers is scheduled for the week of October 15th, weather permitting. Once the pavers are installed,
we'll update this notice and you'll be able to find your paver's location in the "Find My Paver" search tool.
Orders received by March 1st, 2019 will be installed by Memorial Day 2019.
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 email@example.com
Veteran's Day Observance
- The Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township will hold a Veteran's Day Open House and ceremony on Sunday, November 11th, 2018. The Open House runs
from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. A short ceremony will being at 10:55am. The ceremony will include a blessing, a guest speaker, patriotic music/singing,
and a Moment of Silence at 11:00 am sharp to mark the month-date-hour that the 'guns fell silent on the Western Front' at 11:00 am on November 11th, 1918.
Hotdogs & light refreshments will be served; donations are welcome. The VTOT Board Members and local Veterans will be there to provide guided tours of the
site as well as some history of the Armed Forces and Veterans who are honored at the site.
Come out to see the site and see the names of the 108 new engraved pavers that will be installed prior to Veterans Day.
Join your neighbors in honoring our Veterans, and learn how you can order a paver to honor a Veteran or to support the Tribute!
- The VTOT Board is looking for 3-5 volunteers to form the VTOT Flag Honor Guard and be responsible for lowering and raising the
American flag on the appropriate days. This is a six month 'tour of duty' with 3-5 volunteers coordinating among themselves
to handle flag duty. The flagpole lock and crank handle will be secured in a lockbox on the site; the lockbox has a combination
lock that each of the Honor Guard members will be provided. In recognition, at the end of your 'tour of duty,' we will provide
a brick paver engraved with the name of each volunteer who completed their assignment. If you are interested in volunteering,
please contact Tim Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are interested in helping to plan and conduct the 2018 Veterans Day Ceremony, please contact Tim Reese @ email@example.com.
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 design, construction and operation of a tribute in Oakland Township to the United States
Armed Forces and Military Veterans. 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.
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
Donor of the day
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!
Tribute of the day