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Outdoor Sites to Visit Memorial Weekend

Muskegon County is rich with history, remembrance and pride. Take a walking tour of our outdoor sites as you honor Memorial Day.


Civil War Monuments in Hackley Park

David Farragut Monument

Read more about the Monuments in Hackley Park HERE

Statue of General Philip Kearny 

Read more about Kearny Memorial Park HERE

Veteran’s Memorial Park

World War I M1906 4.7 Inch Field Gun

”Veterans Memorial Park” in Muskegon was originally built in 1928 and formally dedicated on November 11, 1934 as “Muskegon County Memorial Park”. A “Living Memorial to the World War Dead” the historically significant park is located on 50 acres along the “West Michigan Pike”. The park contains a lagoon and small island which can be reached by 2 footbridges. There are several war memorials, a large fountain on the South end and a Vietnam Memorial to the North.

War Memorials include:

  • The Purple Heart Monument: Dedicated to wounded combat veterans during the 2008 Veterans Day ceremony
  • Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks: Dedicated to WWI soldiers who later became known as the American Polar Bears
  • Marker in Honor of VFW Post 446
  • Two Footbridges: Donated by The Muskegon Boiler Works and refurbished by the Muskegon North Side Lions
  • “Honor Roll” Marker: In tribute to those of Muskegon County who gave their lives in the Vietnam War
  • World War I M1906 4.7 Inch Field Guns
  • 32nd Division Obelisk: Dedicated in 1978
  • Veterans Memorial Trail Marker: Displaying branches of the military
  • Read More about the park HERE

Vietnam War Memorial “Final Approach” Hidden Cove Park, City of Norton Shores

Tucked inside Hidden Cove Park is the Vietnam War Memorial “Final Approach”. Rising above the park, surrounded by flags, benches and plaques is a UH-1D helicopter; a combat veteran of of the Vietnam War.

Learn more about Final Approach Memoria HERE

USS LST 393 

Visitors can bike or walk along the Lakeshore Trail, or park at the Mart Dock, to look at the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” sculpture and marvel at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum ship.

We recommend a full tour of the ship’s museum!

She is an LST-1-class tank landing ship originally launched in 1942 and one of only two LSTs to survive in their original configuration. During her service she won battle stars for the Sicilian occupation, Salerno landings, and the Invasion of Normandy. The LST 393 made 75 voyages to foreign shores and was one of the only LSTs to be equipped with an airplane.

During the 1950’s she found a new name, the MV Highway 16, and career shipping new automobiles across the Great Lakes.

In the 2000’s the USS LST 393 was restored by committed veterans, their families and supporters, into a veterans museum boasting thousands of artifacts.

A recent addition to her grounds was the dedication of the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” sculpture in honor of Muskegon native, and inspiration for the Andrew Sisters song, World War II bugler Clarence Zylman.

USS Silversides Submarine

If you walk along the Muskegon Channel, your journey will take you right alongside this historic Gato class (built for the US Navy launched between 1941–1943) submarine. During her service, she received 12 battle stars and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for cumulative action over four patrols. She is credited with sinking 23 ships – the third-most of any allied World War II submarine! According to JANAC (Joint Army-Navy Assessment Committee) the USS Silversides has the most prolific combat record of any still extant American Submarine.

In her retirement, the Silversides found a home in Muskegon, where she is part of the USS Silverside Museum. Docked in the Muskegon channel, she floats behind the US Coast Guard Cutter McLane, also available to tour. A two story museum center, filled with historic naval and interactive exhibits, completes the setting.

A bit of a movie star, the Silversides was recently featured in an episode of “Hell Below” on the Smithsonian Channel, and was used for exterior scenes in the 2002 film “Below”.

Also docked at the museum site are the Laurentian and the US Coast Guard Cutter McLane.