Robert L. Cook Veterans Memorial Plaza at Rose Park is a beautiful memorial dedicated to veterans at the East Gateway to the city. Rose Park is located on the Kalamazoo River and part of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (KRVT) runs alongside the park. Since 1991, the park has been a special community project for the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo-Sunrise. The Rotary Club led efforts to construct the memorial and beautify the park; making the Rose Park Veterans Memorial a reality on Veterans Day, November 11, 2001. Since then family and friends of veterans have purchased 2,281 brick pavers to memorialize individual veterans. The bricks typically contain the veteran’s name, branch of service, rank and dates of service. There are currently 1,727 bricks available for purchase.
An online interactive GIS map is available to search for and locate the memorial bricks at www.locatemybrick.com