The Taylor Veterans Museum
Taylor Veterans Museum
"A place to honor those who have served"
City of Taylor Veterans Museum
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FACTS ABOUT THE TAYLOR VETERANS MUSEUM
ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY 2015: The City’s annual Armed Forces Remembrance Day Ceremony, presented by the Taylor Veterans Museum Committee, and was held Saturday, May 9. The ceremony took place inside City Hall due to inclement weather.
Special commemorative medals were be given to military veterans of the Desert Shield-Desert Storm (1990-91) era, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the conflict. The event also celebrated the 150th anniversaries of the end of the Civil War (April 9) and President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination (April 14).
Between 150 and 200 people attended, including the Taylor Community Chorus, Kennedy and Truman JROTC programs, Taylor Police Department Chaplain David Edwards, National Anthem singer Michelle Pfeifer, City Council, Clerk Cindy Bower and Treasurer Edward Bourassa, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, State Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood and State Rep. Erika Geiss.
Some of the special moments included the performance of bag piper Tim McHugh and the keynote speeches given by City Councilman Tim Woolley (a veteran of the Desert Storm-Desert Shield era) and Mayor Rick Sollars.
REMEMBERING HOLLY: A few tears fell as those in attendance remembered the late Holly McGeogh, who was killed in Iraq in 2004. McGeogh, 19, died on January 31, 2004, when her vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive devise near Kirkuk, Iraq. She was part of Company A, Fourth Forward Support Battalion, Fourth Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.
A memorial to McGeogh, placed in the front of City Hall along Goddard Road, was moved before the event. It had been too easily vandalized by passers-by. It was placed deeper into the complex, near other monuments in the Cameron Priebe Plaza. The campaign captured the hearts of many residents and business leaders, and the money to make the move was quickly reached -- thanks in part to one anonymous donor of a significant sum of money. Fiore Enterprises and the Sakalian Family played a key role in the construction move.
Tons of dignitaries were in attendance, but none made a more lasting impression than McGeogh’s mother, Paula Love, and one of the former members of her squad, Chris Eagling. Love feared that Taylor would forget Holly. But that isn’t going to happen.
“I’m happy she got to fulfill one of her goals, and that was to be a soldier,” Love told the crowd. “In every picture I’ve ever seen, she’s laughing, she’s smiling. That was Holly.”
Eagling, one of McGeogh’s commanders in Iraq, lives in Negaunee in the Upper Peninsula, and traveled with his young son to Taylor for the ceremony. “I am still, to this day, so very sorry that we couldn’t bring her home,” he told McGeogh’s mother.
BACKGROUND ON THE MUSEUM
MUSEUM COMMISSIONERS: Chairman Jack Myers, Vice Chairman Wayne "Boomer" Buck, Commissioner Stephanie Krueger, Treasurer Ray Dreher, Commissioner Frank Canning, , Commissioner Walter Howard, Commissioner Tim Woolley and Commissioner Evie Chateauvert.
EVERY YEAR the Veterans Museum Commissioners and volunteers place flats at the grave sites of Taylor military veterans. Flags are placed in all three of the city-owned cemeteries. The placing of the flags occurs prior to Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and again in November for Veterans Day.
HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM: The Taylor Veterans Museum and its Commission were instituted by the Taylor City Council on May 5, 2009, and officially opened on May 16, 2009.
The museum features beautiful display cabinets that currently house 11 veterans personal collections -- which are on loan or have been donated to the museum -- including a Medal of Honor Recipient.
In the atrium of City Hall, a display case houses memorabilia honoring U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, 2nd Lt. U.S. Army. Former Congressman Dingell is currently the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Many other military-related items are on display in the museum throughout the year. Displays will change over time to honor new arrivals.
If you or someone you know would like to showcase a service member's memorabilia in the museum, or serve as a volunteer host, please call (734) 374-8775 or fax your request to (734) 946-4636.
Take a little time out of your day to honor those who have served our great country and gave so much of themselves so that we all may have freedom.
The museum is funded entirely through donations. There are also a variety of items for sale inside the museum, such as baseball caps, T-shirts, sweatshirts and other items. If you wish to make a donation, please make your check payable to the Friends of the Taylor Veterans Museum and mail it to PO Box 564, Taylor, MI, 48180.
We are in the process of acquiring our non-profit status. There is a donation box located inside the museum for contributions. A receipt will be provided upon request.
With the support of Mayor Rick Sollars and the City Council, we will continue to preserve and honor the memories of all the veterans that are on display and all who have served in our armed forces from Taylor, Michigan.
MEETING INFORMATION: City of Taylor Veterans Museum Commission meetings are at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. The Friends of the Veterans Museum Committee meeting are held at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. The meetings are held at City Hall. The Public is welcome to attend.
Thank you for your continued support!