Presented by Westwood Garden Club

Perennials and Gifts

Please join us SATURDAY MAY 7, 2022

from 9am – 2pm

1188 N 7th St
Kalamazoo, MI [ map ]

The memorial site is located on Gull Road in front of the Riverside Cemetery. It was established in 1948 to honor all veterans. The Memorial Day parade is celebrated here every year.

There are three phases of restoration.

Phase 1: Restoration of the lower tier including the repair of concrete and the placing of new plantings and benches. This phase is complete.

Phase 2; The “Star of Honor” will be the main project in the upper tier. This phase is complete.

Phase 3: Making the area Handicap accessible.

Donate any amount to help in our
Veterans Memorial Ramp Project.

Kalamazoo group aims to make Riverside Cemetery’s Veterans Memorial site more accessible

The Kalamazoo Garden Council and Westwood Garden Club continued their efforts to make the Blue Star Memorial site at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo more accessible in 2020.

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UPDATE: Fall 2019 Progress

Current Grounds Condition


Previous Grounds Condition

Riverside Cemetery

Our Restoration Efforts Have Won Us Many Awards

Award of Merit Presidents Award

Michigan Garden Clubs Inc:

#1 Civic Achievement
#1 Civic Beautification
1st Place Landscape Design
1st Place Community Landscape
1st Place Historic Preservation
1st Place Blue Star Memorial

National Garden Clubs

Silver Tray Award Kellogg Civic Achievement Award

Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission

recognized Westwood Garden Club for outstanding rehabilitation and renovation of the Veterans Memorial

Keep Michigan Beautiful Inc.

President’s Award for Beautification

Purchase a Brick

Purchase a brickBe part of the Brick Honor Wall and/or honor your favorite Veteran. Inscribed Memorial Bricks are only $50 each for a limited time!

Now is the time to honor your favorite veteran. Inscribed memorial bricks make great Christmas gifts!

We need your help!

Donations as little as one dollar can help. Click the Donate button below and be apart of this amazing restoration project!

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    Do you want to contribute without wanting to buy a brick? You can! Donate any amount to help in our Veterans Memorial Ramp Project efforts.
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    • Kelly Blaisdell on:
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      I'm fortunate to still have my 85 yr old Uncle Jim Blaisdell with me. What an awesome way to honor him and let him know how proud I am of him. This is such a worthwhile project!! I've been trying to convince him to participate in the Talons Out Honor Flight to DC, but being in the WWII Air Borne, he said he is not used to "landing" in a plane. God Bless our Vets !!
    • Lowell Reynolds on:
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      Thank you for doing this. My Uncle Merle is buried at the cemetery along with his parents. I was only 6 months old when he was killed in Korea. Not sure when he joined the Army. My Father & his brother, my Uncle Floyd, both served in the Navy during WWII. They to have both passed away. This will be nice to honor them, and to reunited them together as brothers in arms.
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