The mission of the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial (MFHM) is to honor the lives, service, and memory of all law enforcement officers and firefighters from across the state of Michigan who lost their lives in the line of duty. This is accomplished through the creation and development of a Memorial where those heroes’ names are memorialized upon a granite wall. The Memorial serves as a place where loved ones and the general public may visit, remember, and pay respects to those Fallen Heroes.
Background Information on the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial
The Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial is the only Memorial in the State of Michigan that honors both police and firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. The first phase of the project, the bronze statue, was unveiled in 2002. The second phase, the granite wall upon which the names of Michigan’s police and firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty are etched, was unveiled in November of 2005.
- Oakland County granted the Pontiac, Michigan site as the permanent location for the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial.
- All funds to develop, create, construct, and execute the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial have been privately raised. Donations have come from private citizens, foundations, community groups, and corporations.
- Harley Ellis Devereaux, a nationwide architectural firm, created the master plan for the Memorial. Giffels Webster Engineers performed site engineering and surveying for the project.
- The bronze statue was designed and cast by Brodin Studios of Minnesota. The granite tablets were mined, cut, and engraved in Barre, Vermont. This effort was led by Inch Memorials in Northville, Michigan.
- The first fallen hero on the wall dates back to 1864. As additional historical fallen heroes’ information is learned, their names, along with more recent fallen heroes, are added during the annual ceremony held on September 11th. There are now more than 800 names etched on the wall.
- The Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial website, www.MichiganFallenHeroes.com, was launched in 2006. During this same year, the five flagpoles that surround the plaza and a walking path were permanently installed.
- In-ground lighting, brick pavers, and landscaping were added in 2009. A weatherproof shelter and signage were added in 2010.