About Us

Our mission is to create, establish, and help maintain hometown memorials in honor of the brave men and women who have lost their lives defending the United States of America in the war against terrorism. Known as the “Lest They Be Forgotten” Memorial Projects, each monument becomes a visible testament of appreciation and compassion to the families of the fallen.

The Fallen Heroes Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, has been honoring Michigan’s Fallen Heroes since 2006. The FHMF is the only organization dedicated exclusively to building memorials honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror. To date we have dedicated 31 memorials throughout Michigan honoring 50 of our Fallen Heroes. We work with Gold Star Families to ensure their loved one’s service and sacrifice are never forgotten. For some families the memorial offers closure when their loved one is buried far away.

The foundation operates solely through private donations and community funding. No federal, state or local government monies are received. Donations from Gold Star Families are not solicited or accepted. Each project is a grass roots community endeavor to honor and remember these brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

America owes these service members and their families a debt that can never be repaid. The FHMF recognizes the need to keep in sacred remembrance those who died serving our country and to remember with sincere respect those who paid the price for our freedoms. We need to never let them be forgotten.

The Fallen Heroes Memorial Foundation’s officers, board of directors and staff members are volunteers who donate their time and talent without monetary compensation.

Board of Directors

  • President - John “Skip” Bushart, CMS, USAF, Ret
  • Vice President - Patrick Rich
  • Secretary - Rockwood Bullard, Blue Star Father
  • Board Member - Joseph Salvia
  • Commander - AMVETS Post 2006
  • Past Commander - Post 216
  • Board Member - Chuck White
    President, Founder - Armstrong White
  • Honorary Board Member - Stan Bozich
    Director, Michigan’s Own Military and Space Museum
  • Honorary Board Member - Dr. S. Pete Worden (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.)
    Director, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Honorary Board Member - Leon Worden, Brig Gen, MI Air National Guard, Ret
  • Honorary Board Member - Jack Bressler, TSG, USAF, Ret, Korean War and Viet Nam War Vet
  • Honorary Board Member - Robert E. Simanek, CMH receipent, former USMC PFC, and Korean War Vet

Chapter Staff

  • Lee Cavanaugh - Secretary/Photographer
  • Alan Lockwood - Video
  • Christopher Ridgeway - IT
  • Eric Bushart - Member
  • Ryan Copenhaver - Member

 

 

 

McGeogh

Holly J. McGeogh

Army SPC

Died 01/31/2004

Age 19

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Stone

Douglas Stone

Army Reserve SFC

Died 03/11/2007

Age 43

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Leach

Matthew J. Leach

Army Reserve SSG

Died 06/24/2012

Age 29

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Blake

Joseph R. Blake

Army PVT

Died 08/17/2006

Age 34

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Stevens II

Steven P. Stevens II

USMC PFC

Died 06/22/2012

Age 23

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Massarelli

Robert A. Massarelli

Army SSG

Died 06/24/2012

Age 32

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Shilling

Bradley N. Shilling

National Guard SPC

Died 11/18/2006

Age 22

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Carver

Dane O. Carver

National Guard SPC

Died 12/26/2005

Age 20

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Castiglione

Benjamin P. Castiglione

Navy PO3

Died 09/03/2009

Age 21

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Pederson

Michael F. Pederson

Army SGT

Died 04/02/2003

Age 26

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