Veterans Plaza Ribbon Cutting and Flag Raising

The City of Mishawaka will hold a flag raising and ribbon cutting ceremony on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th at 3:30pm for the newly constructed Veterans Plaza located in Battell Park. A time capsule, found in the base of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument during removal, will be opened immediately following the ribbon cutting. Mayor Wood has invited Mishawaka Historian Laureate, Peter DeKever, to take part in the opening of the time capsule.

In the Spring of 2019, construction began in the east end of Battell Park for the Veterans Plaza project. This project included the relocation and restoration of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument as well as a plaza to be used as a gathering place with a flag array honoring each branch of the military.

The Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument needed restoration due to its crumbling base and signs of cracking which are indicative of the structural support slowly collapsing in on itself. The decision was made to remove the monument for restoration and build the new base in a prominent location about 100 feet west to be visually centered on Liberty Drive where it intersects with Mishawaka Avenue.

The monument was removed on July 17th and sent to one of the few restoration companies in the United States who do this type of restoration work for the National Park Service. The work will take approximately one year and the City of Mishawaka plans on the monument to be dedicated Memorial Day, 2020.

The new base for the monument is complete and has a reinforced, slightly larger concrete base with a granite veneer. It is surrounded by Veterans Plaza, a plaza area that can be enjoyed by the public year-round. This plaza is also a place where veterans and the public can gather on Memorial Day to celebrate the things that we should be thankful for.

The public is invited to attend.