Thanks for the cooperative spirit in honoring our heroes

In the June 12 edition of the Pioneer, staff reported on the efforts by students in the Mecosta-Osceola Career Center welding program to create benches for the new Veterans and Homefront Heroes Memorial.

The memorial is soon to be located in Holland Park — on the corner of Madison Avenue and State Street.

We would like to take this opportunity to offer a word of both thanks for the work being done by students, and also express our appreciation for the collaborative spirit being demonstrated by memorial planners and educators in our community.

The MOCC welding and fabrication program instructor, Kelly Cushway, correctly noted in an interview that it was important for all of us — including his students — to give back to those who served in our country’s armed forces and those who supported them back home.

This project makes honoring our heroes intimate and very real.

The benches will add a very special element to an already special project. They will make the memorial even that much more personally important to all involved. The benches will be well appreciated by those who stroll by and then sit to rest a moment while contemplating the deeper meaning of community and national sacrifice.

Thank you so much to not only those students involved in the actual work, but also to those planners who conceptualized the idea of getting students in the welding program involved.

Thanks to the everyone making Holland Park and the new memorial setting a more pleasant place to sit for a few minutes during a busy day, and are creating a better space to memorialized local heroes.

The MOCC team’s effort is a collaborative project worthy of the community’s recognition — and we happily do so on the pages of this newspaper.

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