Wyandotte Photo Featured on Cover of Yellowbook

Wyandotte's Purple Heart Memorial Garden is on the cover, along with photos of Canton, Dearborn and Plymouth.

If you let your fingers do the walking the next time you're looking up a phone number for an area business, take a good look at the front cover of the 2012-13 suburban Wayne County Yellowbook.

A photo of Wyandotte's is prominently displayed, along with photos of Canton, Dearborn and Plymouth.

Yellowbook spokesman Patrick Rissmiller said his company solicits photos from communities and organizations.

"We want our covers to celebrate the local communities covered by the directory, whether they be represented by a well-known landmark, a community festival, a popular venue, a local college or university, etc.," he said.

Rissmiller said the shot of Wyandotte was an easy choice.

"We felt that it would be easily recognizable by the people of Wyandotte," he said. "Additionally, it would be a great way for us to honor our service men and women."

Natalie Rankine, director of , said she was pleased to be contacted by the business and submitted several photos of various Wyandotte landmarks.

"It's neat," she said. "It's always nice to see Wyandotte depicted for others to see. ... Maybe people will come here and want to see the statue now."

Rankine, a licensed architect, designed and raised $250,000 to help build it. For that, she received from a state organization that promotes beautification projects across Michigan.

Rankine was honored with the gold-tier President’s Plaque through the 2011 Keep Michigan Beautiful Award program.

The refurbished bronzed Purple Heart statue sits near Biddle and Superior. It was originally dedicated by then-Michigan Gov. Harry Kelly in 1943 during World War II. The statue features a U.S. soldier caring for a wounded comrade.

Wyandotte was the first city in the country to which the National Military Order of the Purple Heart commissioned and donated a monument of this type.


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