DETROIT (AP) – Veterans groups have joined public, private and nonprofit individuals and groups in announcing plans to restore Detroit’s 75-year-old Michigan War Veterans Memorial.

The leaders from several organizations gathered Friday morning at the street corner monument at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds. Organizers say a partnership created to protect and preserve the memorial is getting $100,000 from the state.

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The 35-foot-tall monument honoring veterans of all wars and conflicts will be moved to a park on the former fairgrounds property. It was dedicated in 1939, nine days after Germany’s invasion of Poland and the start of what became World War II.

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Those attending included state Democratic Sen. Virgil Smith and Dick Chatman, past department commander of the State of Michigan American Legion.

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