A Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, aircrew hoists a member of the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team aboard the air station's MH-65C Dolphin. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard
Traverse City, Michigan, is planning a U.S. Coast Guard Memorial. According to multiple news reports, the memorial will take the shape of a helicopter, as the sculpture is set to sit in Mini Park.
According to a report by Traverse City Record-Eagle, city commissioners approved spending up to $60,000 — but no funding is coming from the city. The project is instead being made possible by local groups and donations.
A report by Associated Press said that contractors would wait for the ground to thaw before beginning installation. Completion is expected in May.
The monument’s design has the helicopter sculpture in the center of a circular brick paver pad, according to Traverse City Record Eagle. Two stone walls would flank the sculpture at its north and south edges; one will read “Coast Guard City.”
Both reports said that the Coast Guard Committee asked students to submit designs. Members selected a design by Mallory Heiges, who was a Traverse City West Senior High School student in 2013, and metal artist Matt Coffey.
Traverse City is among 21 U.S. municipalities, reports noted, that Congress has designated as a Coast Guard City.