- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

TUSCARORA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A northern Lower Peninsula town has opened a pier honoring veterans early at the request of a 91-year-old World War II veteran.

Leon Plourde asked Tuscarora Township officials to open the Veterans Pier on the Indian River before its planned unveiling, WPBN-TV (https://bit.ly/1zift1r ) reported. He wanted to walk along the new pier before the winter. The township held a dedication ceremony Wednesday where Plourde and other veterans were honored.

“There’s a lot of guys right here that gave a lot,” said Indian River Park Commissioner and Army Veteran Terry Kuhl. “There’s a lot that didn’t make it and they gave everything.”

Plourde’s daughter said it meant a lot to her to be able to share the moment with her father.

“It’s a little bit emotional, but it’s pleasant experience,” Denise Odjlen said. “I have family members that are veterans; my husband and of course my father. So, I think it’s a great tribute to our veterans.”

Dennis Burwell, who oversaw the pier project, said it was undertaken in part to give people with limited mobility access to fishing spots on Burt Lake.

“I think the pier here is really great for Indian River,” Plourde said. “It’s something that should have been done long ago.”

The pier was funded by grants and donations, according to officials. It will be rededicated after landscaping is finished and plaques are mounted.


Information from: WPBN-TV, https://www.tv7-4.com

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