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DETAILS AND HISTORY: Veterans Memorial Park in the heart of downtown was established in 1833 and dedicated in 1926. Once known as the town square, this was the site of traveling circuses and grazing cows. The small but lovely park fronts Fulton Street, Grand Rapids main east-west artery. The memorial pillars inscribed with the names of WWI veterans were designed by a World War I aerial photographer and architect Ralph Demmon who was working for the firm of Osgood & Osgood at the time. In 1945 citizens petitioned for new pillars to be added to honor the soldiers of WWII. Korean War and Vietnam War veterans were honored later. The park contains 1.6 acres of land and is surrounded by the 1860's historic Park Congregational Church and the beautiful neoclassical Ryerson Library. The park was recently restored and an oval reflecting pond was added.