Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Our hometown is full of heroes! Grass Lake Girl Scout troop 60157 donated a nice check to the the Soldiers Cross memorial during their regular meeting Tuesday night, March 15, 2016. See Bud Freysinger’s article for more on this worthy cause.
To earn money for the gift the young ladies worked as servers for fish dinners at the Ann Arbor Moose Lodge, sold cookies, candy, nuts and baby sat.
ADJ. American Legion and Chaplain VFW
The Local American Legion Post 252 and VFW Post 10194 of Grass Lake in co-operation with the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Level, Patriotism, are in the process of raising the funds to purchase and install a Soldiers Cross (also called a Battlefield Cross, Fallen Soldier Battle Cross) at the Veteran’s Memorial in downtown Grass Lake.
We hope to have it permanently set at the site by Memorial Day. It will be a beautiful addition to the memorial, and will be a constant reminder of the cost of our freedom.
A great number of young men and women from the Gras Lake area have served, and are serving in the military today. So this will be a constant reminder of the sacrifices made on our behalf.
If you would like to share in this cause with us, you may by sending a contribution to the American Legion, Post 25 or VFW Post 10194, to PO Box 523, Grass Lake, MI 49240.
Although the Battlefield Cross itself is not an official military honor, it does play a part in the memorial ceremony as a visible reminder of the fallen soldier.
The helmet and identification tags signify the fallen soldier, their names never to be forgotten. The inverted rifle with bayonet signals a time for prayer, a break in the action to pay tribute to our friend. The combat boots, worn and dirty, represents the final march of the soldier’s last battle.
Grass Lake’s Veteran’s Memorial is located downtown next to the Library.
Deputy Rick DeLand has been patrolling the Village of Grass Lake for the past year and will now be expanding his patrols into the Township after the Grass Lake Charter Township and the Village both signed agreements with the Office of the Jackson County Sheriff to split the time and costs of the patrols for a dedicated deputy.
The 5-year contract that began February 1, 2016 calls for a full-time deputy being assigned to Grass Lake. The contract covers all the costs including benefits, vehicles, supervisors, insurance and administrative costs. The contract for 2016 is $69,160 with the costs split equally between the Township and the Village. The cost increases incrementally each year over the next 5 years to bring it in line with the costs other Townships and Villages are paying. Another change from the previous contract is when Deputy DeLand is on vacation, coverage will continue with another deputy. Until this new contract, the Village was paying the full cost of the contract.
Deputy DeLand, age 49, is excited for the additional coverage within the Township. “More visibility is the biggest deterrent to crime.” While Grass Lake is relatively quiet and crime comes in spurts, its great to have the additional visibility. DeLand said that the biggest help the public can do is be a “trained observer. Pay attention to your surroundings and call and report anything suspicious. We would rather it be nothing.” He reiterated “ Don’t be afraid to call 911”.
This is Deputy DeLand’s second tour in Grass Lake. He previously patrolled the Village from 2006-2010 before Deputy Brian Sturgill took over the Village duties. Deputy Sturgill retired in December of 2014, opening the door for DeLand to return.
Deputy DeLand has been a Police Officer for the past 15 years, starting in 1990 with the Columbia Township Police Department. When asked what he likes best about being a Sheriff’s Deputy he said “I like helping people when you can.” He said the reception in the Township has “been great. Everyone is real receptive”. He added “Grass Lake is great, its friendly, very homey and a traditional town.”