In case you’re wondering why there is a polar bear on the Homeland panel of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, here’s the story.
The 339th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army was created in June 1918, composed mainly of young draftees, for the purpose of fighting on the Western Front in France during WW1. Most of the 4,487 men were from Michigan, and the regiment was commonly referred to as "Detroit's Own". Instead of going to France, they were sent to fight the Bolsheviks in Northern Russia. They were nicknamed the "polar bears" because of their service there.
You can see the monument's dedication on Saturday, June 12, 1 p.m. at the Clinton Township Civic Center.
Click the Detroit News link to see photos of the Detroit's "Polar Bears." https://www.detroitnews.com/.../detroits.../1229904001/