April 02, 2014ALMONT — A pair of plaques commemorating Almont-area veterans who perished in World War II and Vietnam will soon grace the walls of the Henry Stephens Memorial Library.
On Saturday, April 12, from noon-2 p.m., Henry Stephens staff and Almont Community Historical Society members will co-host an Open House/Dedication ceremony acknowledging the receipt of the plaques.
The plaques, listing Almont-area men killed in the two wars, were created and presented to the Almont Community Historical Society by former village resident, Rick Liblong.
Last year, Liblong presented a similar plaque listing the names of local veterans who died in the Civil War to the Almont Downtown Development Authority, which is currently on display in the Pocket Park at the southeast corner of Main and St. Clair streets.
On Monday, March 31, Almont historians Karen McRoberts and Nancy and Tom Spencer presented the historic plaques to Library Director Kay Hurd in anticipation of the upcoming dedication ceremony.
McRoberts credited Liblong and fellow Almont historian Denver Leinonen for their combined efforts in researching the names that now appear on the plaques.
"They were the ones who did most of the work on this, and we appreciate their efforts," said McRoberts.
Almont historians Nancy and Tom Spencer join Henry Stephens Library Director Kay Hurd during a preview of the Saturday, April 12 Open House/Dedication ceremony at the library. The event runs from noon-2 p.m. photo by Tom Wearing.
Hurd acknowledged the historical society for its continuing efforts to preserve Almont's rich heritage.
"We want to thank the Almont Historical Society and all those who worked on this project," Hurd said. "We feel privileged to be able to put these plaques that honor our local servicemen on display at the library."
Hurd noted that those attending the April 12 Open House/Dedication will be treated to refreshments.
Remember 'Rosie Riveter'
On Tuesday, May 6, the Almont Community Historical Society will present "Rosie the Riveter," starting at 2 p.m. at the Almont Lions Hall, 222 Water Street, adjacent to Almont Community Park.
The program features Donnaleen Lanktree as guest speaker. There will be a $5 admission charge at the door.
Lanktree, who serves as president of the "Rosie the Riveter Association," will discuss the origins and history of Rosie, and the pivotal role she played in women's and American history.
For questions or more information about either of these programs, call Kathy at 810-796-4407; or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Almont Historical Museum is located at 149 S. Main St. in the village's downtown district.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.