Disabled Veterans

Kalamazoo County Courthouse
227 W. Michigan
Kalamazoo, Michigan

“Disabled Veterans” is a bronze sculptural installation that is nestled in a southwest corner of the lot and somewhat hidden from view.

It is like so many military memorials that are erected in a moment of heightened emotion, then become overlooked by future generations.

“This one was done by Kirk Newman and installed on June 14, 1985, about 10 years after the Vietnam War. It is a memorial dedicated to Kalamazoo County Disabled Veterans of all American Wars, presumably those in the future as well as those in the past.

There are four rectilinear columns about 6.5 feet tall topped by a portrait of a military man from the Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force, respectively. “

“The portraits are each between 18 and 24 inches in height.

There is a taller fifth column behind these four that includes an eagle at the top and a plaque that gives information about the reason for the installation.”

Kalamazoo Gazette
Anne Holcomb
November 05, 2008