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Ceremonies & Events

Polar Bear Monument at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, MI
The Polar Bear Monument (above) is located within White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, MI. (map)
The Monument is the work of sculptor Leon Hermant and was dedicated on May 30, 1930.

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Here is a diagram showing the names and locations of those whose remains were re-buried that day)
(View additional photos of the full monument in
color or black & white).

Association members and the public are invited to attend
the 2018 Memorial Day Service honoring the "Polar Bears".
This service is on the U.S. National WW1 Centennial Events Register.

Date: Monday, May 28, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: In front of the Polar Bear Monument, which is located within the
White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy, Michigan
The cemetery is located at the southeast corner of Crooks and Long Lake Roads;
the entrance is on Long Lake Rd. (18 Mile Rd.)
This map shows the location of the Monument within the Cemetery.


"The soil of the United States is almost spoiled for choice when it comes to commemorative sites. They range from Gettysburg itself -- still one of the most staggering places of memory in the world -- to the Confederate statue of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest,.......... and extend from the Polar Bear monument in Detroit (honoring those Michiganders who helped invade Russia in 1919: a forgotten war if ever there was one) to Maya Lin's masterpiece of Vietnam understatement on the National Mall."

The late Christopher Hitchens, from his article, "Memorial Day - Reflections on those who made the ultimate sacrifice", originally published in the "Wall Street Journal" on May 26, 2006.

Photos from previous "Polar Bear" Memorial Day Services at White Chapel Cemetery:

  30 May 2011 25 May 2009 28 May 2007 30 May 2005 26 May 2003 28 May 2001 30 May 1958
28 May 2012 31 May 2010 26 May 2008 29 May 2006 31 May 2004 27 May 2002 29 May 2000 30 May 1937

Detroit News Photo Gallery - Memorial Day 2012
images 22 through 36 were all taken at White Chapel Cemetery on 28 May 2012.

Plaque Dedication Ceremony honoring the "Polar Bears"
photos taken at the Detroit Zoo Arctic Ring of Life Exhibit on 10 Nov 2001

"The Dedication of the Polar Bear Historical Marker", White Chapel Cemetery, 30 May 1988
Souvenir Program including Obverse and Reverse Marker Inscriptions


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