|"Detroit's Own" Polar Bear Memorial Association|
Ceremonies & Events
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.
Here is a diagram showing the names and locations of those whose remains were re-buried that day and
here is another diagram showing the names and locations of all 56 men who are now buried there.
Here is the "Find-a-Grave" virtual cemetery created by Katie Neal.
It includes the memorials for all 56 men who are buried at the Polar Bear Monument.
(View additional photos of the full monument in color or black & white).
Association members and the public are invited to attend the next Memorial Day Service that will be held at White Chapel Cemetery to honor the "Polar Bears".
|Date:||Monday, May 29, 2023|
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.
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
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:
|28 May 2018||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|
WXYZ-TV coverage - Memorial Day 2018
Text of speech given by LTC Raymond Stemitz, MI Army National Guard - Memorial Day 2018
Detroit News Photo Gallery
- Memorial Day 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
"Virtual Cemeteries" created by "Find-a-Grave" contributor Katie Neal :
Polar Bears buried in Michigan
Polar Bears buried elsewhere
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