Fireman's Memorial

Another cool Michigan Day Trip.

Standing twelve feet tall and weighing around 2,000 pounds, the bronze firefighter symbolizes the very best of us. The statue was created by Michigan craftsman Edward Chesney. The grounds include picnic and play areas. If you visit this memorial on a weekday like I did, you may find that you are the only person there. I am willing to bet that you can't visit this spot without a big lump forming in your throat.

This memorial is dedicated to the members of that unselfish organization of men and women who hold devotion to duty above personal risk, who count sincerity of service above personal comfort and convenience, and who strive unceasingly to find better ways of protecting the lives, homes and property of their fellow citizens from the ravages of fire and other disasters.

The Firemen's Memorial is just south of Roscommon about 1/2 mile east of M-18. For more than 40 years, on the 3rd weekend in September, the Michigan Firemen's Memorial Festival takes place over 3 days.  The festival isn't just for firemen.  Other first responders who have given their lives are memorialized as well.  Several family oriented activities are part of the event.

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The Firemans Memorial is a "must see" Michian back roads day trip.