City of Taylor Veterans Museum

City of Taylor Veterans Museum A page to promote the Taylor Veterans Museum, a place to honor those who have served.

Taylor, MI
06/21/2019
Taylor, MI

Taylor, MI

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Downriver Community Band Concert

Downriver Community Band Concert

The Downriver Community Band has been entertaining local audiences for 30 years. As part of the band's 30th Anniversary Season, this local treasure returns to Taylor for a special concert on Tuesday, June 18, at Heritage Park. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Under the direction of Mr. Patrick Jensen, t...

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The Man Who Told America the Truth About D-Day

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Remembering D-Day - 75 years ago June 6, 1944.
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Honoring our veterans ...
05/20/2019

Honoring our veterans ...

Taylor honored military veterans and the Taylor Veterans Museum's 10th anniversary during 2019 Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 18.

The featured speaker was U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, whose late husband John's life was commemorated on the medal handed out to veterans during the ceremony (see photos). Rep. Dingell read a wonderful poem authored by William Vaincourt:

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.

Mayor Rick Sollars also spoke at the event, and his speech focused on the many area veterans who are honored inside the veterans' museum:

Over the years, we’ve honored “The Greatest Generation” and veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars. The torch has passed to newer generations, like the Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans.

But as you walk through the veteran’s museum on a quiet day, if you listen closely, the walls speak to you.

They tell you stories of a now distance past. Of men like James Flannigan, an Army Ranger in the “Famous Fourth,” who served in the Battle of the Bulge under Gen. Patton, earning every medal except the Congressional Medal of Order … mainly because there weren’t enough witnesses to his heroics.

You might hear a whisper from John Cruden, Taylor Center Class of 1964, who was the first Taylor student to go to West Point. Or Mark Brown, who was part of the Army Airborne from 1989-95.

Frank Balcer served in the Army in both World War I and II, and then taught social studies for 40 years. Joseph Kopos served in World War I as an 18-year-old and eventually became a Wayne County Sheriff.

Hillard Concord earned the Bronze Star as a mortar gunner in the Philippines. Elsie Belanger was an Army WAC who served in the JAG corps, played basketball and was a majorette for the Army football team before moving to Taylor in 1957.

Donald Winslow served in the Army for 22 years and earned the Bronze Star for his heroic long-range recon duties in Vietnam, while Allan Clark served in the Navy for four years before returning to Taylor and working for Detroit Edison for 41 years.

Emil Englund was a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant who was also a Gold Gloves boxer. William Holenchuk was a crew chief in the 9th and 12th Army Air Force in World War II.

Richard LaPalm worked for Borden’s Ice Cream before being drafted into the Marines. He earned a Purple Heart in Vietnam. Maurice Ouellette joined the Navy in 1943, served as a ship’s cook and earned various honors. He re-enlisted later before being discharged in 1953.

These are the voices you might hear on a quiet day inside the veteran’s museum. They, along with Holly McGeough and John Dingell, are all honored in the beautiful displays that outline portions of their lives.

Omar Bradley, the famous World War II general known for his blue-collar ways, once said that, "Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death."

On the other hand, John F. Kennedy, a Navy veteran, said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

I am honored to be in the presence of so many military veterans.

To you who served America, I salute you.

State Sen. Erika Geiss and State Rep. Alex Garza also briefly spoke to the modest crowd. The event was held in the City Council Chambers because of the weather.

At the end of the ceremony, any veteran in attendance was given a medal.

We look forward to seeing you there on Saturday! Help us celebrate America's heroes.
05/16/2019
Taylor, MI

We look forward to seeing you there on Saturday! Help us celebrate America's heroes.

Armed Forces Day to celebrate 10th anniversary of Taylor Veterans Museum and honor John Dingell

LATEST NEWS
05/07/2019
Taylor, MI

LATEST NEWS

UPDATE ON FLOODING AFTERMATH: Data still being gathered and special debris pickup scheduled

Important flood-related information!
05/03/2019
Taylor, MI

Important flood-related information!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT for victims of this week's flooding

Taylor Police Department
05/02/2019

Taylor Police Department

Heritage Park Clean-up Day
05/02/2019

Heritage Park Clean-up Day

TAKE NOTE: The annual Heritage Park Cleanup Day, originally scheduled this Saturday, May 4, has been postponed due to flooded conditions in the park. Another date, to-be-announced, will be scheduled in the fall. For anyone who is still interested, the Taylor Community Library will still be planting flowers on Saturday. They welcome any voluntary participation! We will get back to you soon with a fall date!

HEY EVERYONE! Remember that Saturday, May 4 is Heritage Park Cleanup Day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Sheridan ...
04/30/2019

HEY EVERYONE! Remember that Saturday, May 4 is Heritage Park Cleanup Day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion and the day will end by 11. We'll have some coffee, etc., along with giveaways at the end. The park is looking better than ever, thanks in part to all of your efforts. Join us if you can -- and remember to wear boots and work gloves. It'll be wet! (Here's a look at the group last year.)

Thank you 2018 volunteers! You're patience and hard work paid off on Saturday.

The fifth annual Heritage Park Cleanup Day was held Saturday morning, and was another big success.

This year's cleanup was originally scheduled for April 14, but heavy winds and rains postponed the event. It was eventually rescheduled for May 5.

About 100 people participated in this year's event, down from previous years, which was to be expected, given the postponement. Little League baseball and softball are now in full swing, as are a ton of other activities. In addition, we're certain that many people were just waiting out the finicky spring weather to start working hard on their own yards.

The group started in the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion, gathering at 8 a.m. under the direction of the event's founder, Jim Taylor. After coffee and donuts (provided by our friend at Biggby and Tim Horton's), they started a large sweep of the park, which ended about 10:30 a.m. A special Coan Lake crew, under the direction of Jeff Dobek, used a small boat to clear the pond of debris, located mainly under the dock.

It should be noted that while Jeff is a great supervisor, his wife Kathy does all the work.

The TNT Robotics Team from the Taylor Schools once again brought a contingent of workers to the event, and spent until approximately 3 p.m. in the wooded tree line to the far east of the park. That treeline catches much of the wind-blown debris each year.

Thanks to the many, many sponsors of this event, we gave away an endless amount of goodies during a drawing after the work ended.

Thanks to the work of hundreds and hundreds of wonderful volunteers over the past half-decade, Heritage Park is looking tremendous. With the passing of each year, we find that the job gets much easier. Back when this campaign started, garbage trucks full of debris were hauled out of the park. Now, its just many bags.

There is no doubt that the volunteer effort at Heritage Park has spawned much more pride in Taylor's largest parkway throughout the year.

Now that it's clean -- or at least cleaner -- let's keep it that way!

We want you!
04/29/2019

We want you!

Are you joining us? Rain or shine, we're improving our park!

Get ready, northwest Taylor!
04/10/2019
Taylor, MI

Get ready, northwest Taylor!

Massive improvements coming to Northwest Park as Good2Great Program begins second season

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Don't miss out!

A tip of the hat to a great guy!
04/05/2019
Taylor, MI

A tip of the hat to a great guy!

Departing Jack Myers honored by City Council

DEBBIE DINGELL TO SPEAK: Honor those that honor you by giving us freedom to express our beliefs in so many ways beginnin...
04/04/2019

DEBBIE DINGELL TO SPEAK: Honor those that honor you by giving us freedom to express our beliefs in so many ways beginning at 11 a.m. May 18 at Priebe Plaza during Armed Forces Day.

This will be the 10th Anniversary of the original dedication of The Taylor Veterans Museum.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will be the guest speaker, and the day of tribute will honor the men and women of the American Armed Forces.

Included will be a special tribute to 2nd Lieutenant John Dingell, who went on to serve this great country and state as a truly dedicated congressman for 59 years making him the longest ever serving Congress person in American history.

Meet ya there?
04/02/2019

Meet ya there?

Are you ready?

The 2019 version of the Heritage Park Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 4.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. The sweep of the park will follow. The day will end with a drawing for prizes between 10:15-11 a.m.

Anyone is welcome to help in this annual endeavor. Bring your children, friends, relatives, business or charity organizations. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Please help spread the word.

This is a rain or shine event, so dress accordingly. Wear work gloves. For anyone interested in helping out with the cleanup of Coan Lake, if you have long-handled nets to scoop trash out of the water, bring them along!

Remember, you can earn documented "community service credit hours" during this event.

If you have questions or seek more information, contact Jim Taylor at [email protected] or call (734) 666-8968, or contact Karl Ziomek at [email protected] or call (734) 374-1447.

Heritage Park has improved in leaps and bounds over the last five cleanups. Let's keep heading in the right direction! See you on May 4!

Taylorcity
04/02/2019
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Taylorcity

TAYLOR SUMMER FESTIVAL: It'll be here before you know it! Coming June 27-30 in Heritage Park. Friday night (June 28) will include Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and Tony Lewis from the Outfield. New 5K Glow Run scheduled for that same night. Saturday (June 29) bring Cinderella's Tom Keifer, along with the BJ's Wholesale Club Taylor Summer Festival Fireworks. Better get ready!
https://www.cityoftaylor.com/437/Taylor-Summer-Festival

TAKE NOTE!
03/26/2019
Taylor Police Department

TAKE NOTE!

BE ALERT! Taylor Police are reporting an increase in thefts from unlocked vehicles community wide. They are asking residents to be on the lookout for any suspicious people in their neighborhoods, and to make sure that their vehicles are locked when parked, especially at night. In 2016, Taylor Police published this special magazine that offers many common sense ways to protect yourself and your property. It is worth reviewing ... just click on. http://mymediaflip.com/publication/?i=292428#{%22issue_id%22:292428,%22page%22:0}

MORE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY!
03/11/2019
Taylor, MI

MORE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY!

Construction of new Telegraph sidewalks to begin in May

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St. Paddy's Day all week!

DON'T FORGET!
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City of Taylor Spring Job Fair

DON'T FORGET!

Jobs available in many departments including building, call center, DPW, parks, golf, petting farm, recreation, splash pad and pool and Sportsplex.

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02/27/2019
Taylor, MI

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TAKE NOTE!
01/19/2019
SNOW EMERGENCY DECLARED as of 6 p.m. January 19

TAKE NOTE!

There is a SNOW EMERGENCY in Taylor as of 6 p.m. January 19. The emergency will remain in effect until further notice. Residents should make sure parked vehicles are off streets. Parked vehicles on streets during an emergency can be subject to fines.

01/17/2019
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Taylorcity

MAYOR SOLLARS visited Eureka Heights Elementary School this morning (Thursday, January 17). He spoke with two third-grade classes in Mrs. Rybski's room. The pupils have been studying government, and were interested in Mayor Sollars' job, his challenges, and his background. Great young students. - very engaging. The mayor looks forward to seeing you when you visit City Hall in the near future. (More photos to come.)

Taylor: We're made for you!
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Comedy Night at the Lakes of Taylor

Taylor: We're made for you!

Enjoy a night of fine dining, great friends and fabulous comedy at the spectacular Lakes of Taylor Golf Course banquet facility. Can't miss event. Must by 17 or older.

LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!
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Taylor, MI

LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!

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New opportunities!
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Taylor, MI

New opportunities!

Pavilion rentals begin January 2; new programs focus on 'Taylor First'

TODAY'S THE DEADLINE!
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Taylor, MI

TODAY'S THE DEADLINE!

Drop off your letters to Santa at the Recreation Department

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23555 Goddard Rd.
Taylor, MI
48180

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Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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