8th Annual Freedom 5K Run/Walk 8th Annual Freedom 5K Run/Walk

To help you plan for the run, there is a count down to April 27, 2019 (start date).

We are encouraging people to register early    Registration

This will be an official timed 3 mile run or walk in honor of SPC. Robert Friese. The date of this event coincides with the date of Robert’s ultimate sacrifice to this great nation! The Veterans Freedom Park Freedom 5k Run/Walk is hosted in memory of Spc. Robert Friese and all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the freedom of others. More…


Time remaining until brick orders are required to be placed (July 31st 2019); to make sure your brick is installed by Veterans Day.

It’s not too late to be a part of history with the Veterans Freedom Park. Buying a brick is the one gift that truly keeps on giving. This is a permanent way to honor your veterans and their sacrifices >to this country. We can also provide a letter for your purchase, if this is a gift. We will only be placing orders twice a year at this point, for install before Memorial Weekend and Veterans Day.

These memorial bricks are located throughout our whole park, as a permanent reminder of those veterans that served this great nation. There is no better way to honor your veteran, or service member than by purchasing a brick for them! This would make a great gift. The bricks will be placed throughout the walkways and the war era’s. These brick sales are vital to the funding and maintenance of the park. A 4 x 8″ brick can be engraved with your choice of wording, and possible logo if space allows, for a donation of $100 or more. A single 8″x8″ brick can be engraved with your choice of wording and possible logo, (if space allows), for a donation of $200 or more. You can also order mini replica bricks that are only $20 with any order online at www.veteransfreedompark.com, by mail, or in person at the Clare County Veterans Office-989-539-3273.

Veterans Freedom Park

This veterans’ park is conveniently located in Central Michigan; at 200 W. Main Street, in Harrison, MI. This is across from the Clare County Courthouse, on Harrison Community School property. This Park honors our nation’s heroes; and educates our students and the public on the continued sacrifices that our service men and women give for our freedom. This is our chance to give back to those that continue to sacrifice the most, and ask for the least.

There is a unique education opportunity with a welcome center that will hold military artifacts; and a walking trail that surrounds the pentagon shaped park, with side areas dedicated just for the war eras.

It is our mission to make this a place like no other to ‘Remember, Honor and Reflect’ on the great sacrifice that our past and current service men and woman have made.

“Remember, Honor, Reflect”
“Veterans Freedom Park” of Clare County will be located across from the courthouse on the corner lot of Broad/Main Street. Harrison Community Schools has generously allowed the use of this lot for our veteran’s park.

We are currently in the fundraising phase of our park and just released the final design. It is our motto and goal to make this a place to “Remember, Honor, and Reflect” on the great sacrifice that our past and current service men and women have made.

We need your support! If you would like more information or would like to donate or host a fundraising event please contact us. Thank you for your support!!

Wall Of Tears

Wall Of Tears

Wall Of Tears

The “Wall of Tears” was unveiled at the Grand Opening of the Veterans Freedom Park, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. This is the main focal point of the park, as this is located on a permanent stage; that overlooks the park itself. This is a 47 foot long, black and gray granite wall. The wall has 301 names hand engraved of those killed in action from WWII to present; from Clare, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties. The names were read off at the Grand Opening ceremony, and a bell was rung in their honor. Thank you to all who joined us in honoring all veterans, and those that have given the ultimate sacrifices for the privileges that we enjoy today!

The total names engraved are as follows:

  • Clare County – 41
  • Gladwin County – 44
  • Isabella County – 94
  • Midland County – 122



On behalf of the Veterans Freedom Park Committee, we would like to take a moment to recognize and thank the City of Harrison for always being such a great supporter! They provided the equipment to install the statue, and went out of their way to be sure it was done accurately. A big thank you to John Phelps for his outstanding precision on the back hoe, as this wasn’t an easy placement. Great teamwork! We would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Maye Tessner-Rood, The Trails End, volunteers and participates of the Freedom Ride and those that came to the ceremony and toughed out the conditions throughout the day. Your dedication and commitment are second to none! The unveiling of the Korean War Statue was a huge success and many Korea veterans were in attendance; despite the pouring rain. All of the funds raised from this ride and the upcoming January 12, 2019 Snowball, will be going towards the Vietnam statue. We appreciate each and every one of you who share our passion for our veterans!