Wolrld Wars Memorial
When the sons and daughters of Elsie went to serve in the World Wars this was still a typical farming community of central Michigan. Elsie and Ovid were both substantial communities and their sphere of friends, relatives, and commerce reached out to Bannister, Ola Corners, Northstar, Ashley, Juddville, Shepherdsville and many other hamlets of the area - some of which no longer exist today.
The railroad was the lifeline to a greater world outside of their agricultural environment. Anything outside of Clinton County was alien territory, holding the unknown and exotic mysteries of the world. Now the railroad tracks lie unused, or even missing. Farming is no longer the mainstay industry and, for the most part, the area is considered more suburban than rural. Elsie is within reasonable commuting distance to much of central and southern Michigan.. The recruits inducted from here today live a much different life than those this tablet honors. Their world is much smaller, must more accessible.
But that doesn't make their service less significant or less honorable, just different. They don't eat hardtack, C rations or K rations. They don't fire a bolt action rife or even spit shine their combat boots. But today's veterans still share that same pride of service that bonded those of two and three generations previous. They still take the same Oath of Enlistment that pledges them to protect America "from all enemies, foreign and domestic."
And tomorrow, when their experiences are distant memories and only slightly remembered as global history, this rock and bronze table will be one of the few reminders of their service.