As we head into the Memorial Day weekend and talk generally leans towards summer activities and BBQs… we at Mindfield and the G.A.R. building will stop and remember not only the men who fought during the Civil War but also all the men and women who have similarly sacrificed so much for the United States in the years since.
The photo below was sent to us by a friend of ours who found it in the Burton Collection at the Detroit Public Library. It dates from 1934 and in the waning years of the surviving veterans meeting at the “castle”. The article states there were just 28 veterans left in the Detroit Posts. Their time spent at the G.A.R. would wind down in the years soon after this picture was taken and in time the building would revert back to the city for various uses over the next 4 decades.
We’re all very proud to be a part of this building’s renovation…it’s been an exciting journey to bring this one back to life. More importantly though is the history it holds and the memories of the men it was built to honor.
Please take a moment this weekend and join us in reflection for the true meaning of the holiday.