If you are planning to Lansing, you’ll want to know which famous monuments in Michigan you should take the time to see. Most of the Lansing area monuments were erected to honor military veterans, though this isn’t always the case. It’s worth noting that there are quite a few landmarks in Lansing, while monuments are much less common.
First Regiment of the Michigan Engineers
Located on the Capitol’s grounds, this granite monument honors the engineers who constructed roads, bridges, and other lines of communication during the Civil War. Erected in 1912, it lists regiment members, as well as provides a brief outline of the regiment’s history.
Michigan Sharpshooters Monument
Also on the grounds of the capitol, this monument was built around 1915 to honor the First Michigan Sharpshooters Volunteer Regiment that fought during the Civil War. (To join recruits had to pass a marksmanship test.) This regiment was the first to enter Petersburg and plant a flag over the city to signify the end of its siege, which paved the way for Richmond’s capture. The funds for the monument were raised by surviving Regiment members.
Civil War Monument
Located in Mount Hope Cemetery, which is the final resting place of several prominent Michigan residents, the Civil War Monument is one of the oldest monuments in Lansing. Dedicated in 1878, the monument is situated on one of the cemetery’s highest points
Spanish American War Memorial/ Hiker Memorial
Commonly referred to as the Hiker Memorial, this monument is dedicated to the infantry of the Spanish American War of 1898, the China Relief Expedition, and the Philippine Insurrection. The bronzed statue was built on the grounds of the capitol in 1946.
The Rotary Clock
Part monument and part plaque, The Rotary Clock is situated in Wentworth Park. The 31-ft. steam-powered clock was donated to the city by the Rotary Club of Lansing in 1997. It is an interesting mix of elaborate pipes, weights, and gears, and even plays a song twice a day.
Michigan Vietnam Monument
Erected to recognize and honor Michigan residents who served in Vietnam, including those who returned home, those who were deemed missing in action, and those who sacrificed their own lives, the Michigan Vietnam Monument sits just east of the Hall of Justice. The monument’s focal point is the 10-ft. high, 120-ft. long steel arc which cradles plaques listing the 2,654 Michigan residents who died in the war.
Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Dedicated in 2007, the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is one of Lansing’s newest monuments and is located within walking distance of the Vietnam Memorial. The transparent monument is lit from below and is engraved with the names of the 529 law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.
September 11, 2001 changed the lives of people throughout the United States and Lansing residents were no exception. To honor those who lost their lives in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, the Remembrance Memorial was constructed in Wentworth Park using a 10 foot “H beam” salvaged from the World Trade Center debris. The monument does list Michigan residents who perished in the attacks. One of the most famous monuments in Lansing, it is also referred to as breathtaking and poignant.