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Eaton Rapids in Eaton County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

VFW National Home

 
 
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 23, 2021
1. VFW National Home Marker
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Inscription.  In 1923 the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) initiated a plan to build a national home for the families of deceased and disabled American veterans. The following year a Jackson, Michigan, cattleman made his Ingham County ranch available for the site of the home. A complex of buildings was erected on the property. Since the facility provided homes for families outside of Michigan, it received support from veterans groups across the country, who donated money for the construction of “cottage” residences. The VFW sought to keep families intact, furnish a homelife similar to that enjoyed by other American families, and teach self-sufficiency and independence. This remains the only privately funded home for veterans’ children and grandchildren in the United States that is national in scope.

When the Veterans of Foreign Wars announced that it would build a national home for the widows and orphan children of veterans, support poured in from across the country. Initial funding was created following the 1922 Yankees-Giants World Series. Umpires halted the tied second game due to darkness. A controversy resulted, which inspired the
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baseball commissioner to donate the series’ first game’s proceeds to the nation’s war veterans, and the VFW received $20,000. Between 1925 and 1930 residential “cottages” were constructed with funds from state veterans organizations. Each house was designed as an individual home. These houses created a neighborhood environment for their residents. The National Home honors the contributions and sacrifices of America’s veterans.
 
Erected 1992 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number S0604.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1923.
 
Location. 42° 28.701′ N, 84° 36.001′ W. Marker is in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, in Eaton County. Marker is at the intersection of Aloha Hawaii Parkway and Rhode Island Drive, on the left when traveling south on Aloha Hawaii Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3573 S Waverly Rd, Eaton Rapids MI 48827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. VFW National Home For Children World War II Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hamlin District No. 15 School (approx. 1.8 miles away); Edward Ferris House
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By J.T. Lambrou, April 23, 2021
3. VFW National Home Marker
(approx. 2.2 miles away); Miller Dairy Farm No. 1 (approx. 3.1 miles away); Baldwin Park (approx. 3.4 miles away); Eaton Rapids Community War Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Red Ribbon Hall (approx. 3.6 miles away); Island Park (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eaton Rapids.
 
Also see . . .  VFW National Home For Children. Website describing the program and a virtual tour of the campus. (Submitted on April 25, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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