About Us

A Simple Beginning


What started out as a tribute by Charlie Emmendorfer of CRE Welding in Montrose, MI to honor his father-in-law Richard Velat, a P.O.W. during the Korean War, became the six-foot tall stainless steel bell pictured here.

The bell itself is constructed of stainless steel, created by local craftsmen who dedicated their time and talent to honor the brave men and women who have served our nation. The stand and bell tip the scales at over two tons, and are now the centerpiece of the Veterans Bell Memorial.


The Building

A Unique Structure for a Unique Memorial

Ground was broken on this breathtaking structure on June 3, 2013. Over the next three years, this building rose through the sweat and support of the volunteers that provided the materials, labor, and financial contributions to make this possible. The Veterans Bell Memorial was dedicated on September 10, 2016 and opened to the public on December 23, 2016.

The Committee

Serving Our Community



The members of the committee are dedicated veterans and citizens who have worked diligently to bring this memorial to a reality.

James A Stewart, O.D.
Vietnam Era Veteran, USAF

R. Wayne White
Vietnam Era Veteran, USA

Charles W. Persons
Vietnam Era Veteran, USN


Darwin K Prevo
Vietnam Era Veteran, USN

Timothy Pangle
Vietnam Era Veteran, USA

Roger D Gillespie

Edward A Soper

Darwin Eldred
Liason, Montrose Township Board

Thomas Tithof
Liason, Montrose Township Board