Veterans Memorial Stadium was built in 1956, and it was considered one of the best stadiums in the country. The stadium was used for the first time on Oct. 19,1956, when 3,300 joyous Viking fans filled it to capacity. Lest we forget, Veterans Memorial Stadium was constructed as a living memorial to the Wexford County men who gave their lives in our nationís wars. At the end of World War II, returning war veterans of American Legion Post 94 began discussing the importance of building a memorial for those who didnít come home. In 1952, it was decided that a living memorial should be built in honor of all Wexford County soldiers who died during World War I, World War II and the Korean conflict. That memorial wouldnít be a statue in the park. It would be a stadium for the new Cadillac High School. Although the stadium opened for sporting events in 1956, the dedication of the stadium as a living memorial to our war dead didnít take place until Nov. 11, 1960. At the entrance to the stadium, on a large concrete column, an engraved roll of honor lists the names of men who made the supreme sacrifice for our country; 27 men were killed in WWI; 95 in WWII, and 9 in Korea. An additional plaque was added in 1982 to honor the lives of 11 area men killed in Vietnam. This facility was funded 100% through the efforts of the Cadillac community.
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