East Jordan glassblowers use art to honor fallen
A team of East Jordan artists found a special way to make sure no one forgets the fallen.
Jay Bavers and Glenna Haney from Jordan Valley Glassworks created 160 glass-bulbs to release over all four days of this Memorial Day weekend in four different locations on Lake Charlevoix.
On each of those bulbs was the name of a Northern Michigan veteran who lost their life in the war.
The glass floats had names for veterans from every war dating back to the Civil War.
The bulbs, known as Niijima, are replicas of the Japanese floats used to hold fishing nets that are known for being highly spiritual.
East Jordan community members gathered along the shoreline to release the glass artwork into the lake.
The two artists see this as a way to honor their families military past.
"The people who we engraved the names on them; they gave their lives," said Haney. "When somebody finds these we want them to remember that somebody sacrificed their life believing that we should be free."
Now that the bulbs have been released boaters in Lake Charlevoix will likely see them floating in the water.
Bavers and Haney hope that each one gets picked up by a different person who can pass on the memory of the fallen.