Masthead Artists rendering of the tribute site

The Veteran's Tribute of Oakland Township is a non-profit dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of a tribute to the veterans of the US Armed Services

Upcoming Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township Events

Spring Paver Orders by March 1st
Spring Paver Orders can be made up to March 1st for installation by Memorial Day in May. Orders received after the 1st will be installed in November prior to Veterans Day.

VTOT Annual Spring Sporting Event
Calling All Sporting Patriots for a gathering at Hunters Creek Club to honor our veterans and the VTOT Please join us for a day of sporting activity.

VTOT Annual Spring Sporting Event at Hunter’s Creek Club in Metamora, MI on Friday, March 4th!

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2022 Memorial Day Parade at the VTOT
2022 Memorial Day Parade at the VTOT – after a two year hiatus, the Memorial Day Parade is back! Details are coming soon from the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and others, but please plan on spending part of Memorial Day to attend the Parade along Adams Rd that will end with a celebration at the VTOT Tribute.

Past Announcements

Day of Remembrance - 20th Anniversary of 9/11

The VTOT invites the public to attend a day of Remembrance and Family for the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday, September 11th from 2pm to dusk. The event will include live music, food and drink, two Moments of Remembrance and patriotic videos for the whole family. The event will be free, but Donations to the VTOT will be greatly appreciated. And if you order an Honorary Paver that day, it will be installed at the Tribute by Veterans Day in November. Stay tuned for additional information!

Spring Beautification at the Tribute

The VTOT will be doing spring beautification at the Tribute on
two Saturday mornings in May. We invite anyone who would like to help this worthy cause to join us for a couple hours - starting at 10am - on either of these two dates:

Saturday May 1, 2021 - We will have 4 yds. of compost delivered. We need folks to push aside the mulch and then lay the compost and repush the mulch back in position followed by tidying the beds for planting. Cleaning up the rose beds, and fertilizing where needed. Please bring your gardening tools and a wheelbarrow if possible.

Saturday May 22, 2021 – We will be planting annual flowers in Monument Circle and the Flagpole Garden. Please bring shovels and gardening tools.

Click Here to Order Your Tribute Brick Today!

You can find your paver's location in the "Find My Paver" search tool.

New orders received by September 1st, 2022 will be installed by Veteran's Day 2022.

VTOT Tribute News

  1. With profound sadness, we at the Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township offer our sympathies and condolences to the family of Frank Beckmann. Frank always championed our service men and women and all those acting as first responders. Thus, he was an integral part of the VTOT, having delivered the keynote speech at the Dedication 31 July 2018 and interviewing members of the Board of Directors on his radio program to increase community awareness of this unique project. His ‘bigger than life’ presence will be greatly missed. We have lost a true friend. May his soul, now in heaven, rest in peace.

  2. We are saddened to report that the Tribute was vandalized on the night of October 8th by someone or some group who destroyed the large etched glass inside the Coast Guard Service Panel. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. The VTOT is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons who are responsible. If you have information that may be relevant to the investigation, please contact the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Oakland Township Substation at 248-652-4617.

  3. The VTOT would like to thank the hundreds of people who attended the event to remember the 20th Anniversary of 9-11 on Saturday, September 11th. We remembered that tragic day in American history with some somber reflections of the loss of life that day, but mostly we celebrated the American Spirit that unified the Country in its aftermath and we honored the proud service of First Responders and Service Members since that date.

The VTOT was proud to dedicate the 2nd of five historical markers in Monument Circle last night, May 25th, at the Tribute. We wish to thank Richard Shore for his service in the US Navy. And the VTOT is eternally grateful to the Shore Family for their patriotism and generosity in sponsoring the Constitution Marker.
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Help Support the Tribute

  • Support Phase II of the Tribute: The VTOT Board has three goals in Phase II. First, to maintain the Tribute and the grounds of the Site in outstanding condition, appropriately honoring those who have served. Second, to install additional monuments at the Site which expand the educational aspect of the Tribute about our nation’s founding and history. Third, to raise an endowment fund that will provide the means to maintain the site in perpetuity. 

    Click the brochure on the right for illustrations of the elements of Phase II and how you can Sponsor them.

    To learn more about contributing to the next phase of the plan, please contact Directors Terry Gonser or Tim Reese for information. Or give us a call @ (248) 608-2804.

Interested in using the Tribute site for your civic or patriotic event?

  • The Tribute site is available for your patriotic or civic event outside of Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veteran's Day. Reservations are available up to six months in advance, and are subject to approval by the Board of Directors. Please use the Usage Form to request a date for your event. Scan and email completed forms to

Who We Are

Honoring all Veterans of our Armed Forces and their role in preserving our freedom.

The Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township (VTOT) is a non-profit corporation chartered by the state of Michigan and created solely for the construction and operation of a tribute in Oakland Township to the United States Armed Forces and Military Veterans. The tribute is located at 5236 Adams Road, Oakland Township, Michigan. The VTOT is led by a volunteer, unpaid Board of Directors who are all residents of the Township:

  • Timothy Reese, Colonel, US Army (Retired)
  • Mike Whitefoot, Lt. Colonel, US Air Force (Retired)
  • Terry Gonser, former Supervisor of Oakland Township, 2012-2016
  • David Sokol, Veteran, US Army
  • Dennis DaSilva, Veteran, US Air Force.
  • Mark Gerhard, Colonel, US Marine Corps (Retired)
  • Rebecca Gonser
  • Rob Cromwell

Donor of the day

The VTOT Board extends our grateful thanks to Mr. Ken Matheis and the team at the Complete Companies in Orion Township, MI. The Complete Companies has agreed to fabricate and donate the beautiful stainless steel frames for the six, giant glass panels of the Tribute. Their skill and generosity will be front and center for all to see. Thank you!

Tribute of the day

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All funds raised for the project are managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, a Federally approved 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

VTOT has established a fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester to capture and manage donations. No money passes through VTOT, All donations from this website will be processed through Paypal and deposited directly to the Foundation account in the name of VTOT. Please visit the Foundation website for more details about this community organization.

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