Saginaw Valley State University hosted an early Memorial Day tribute Thursday at the Eaton War Memorial in front of the  Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.

The monument, created by Fredericks, features the names of 23 veterans who worked at Eaton Manufacturing in Saginaw. before giving their lives during World War II or Vietnam.

When Eaton  Manufacturing closed in 2009, local veterans worked to have the monument relocated to SVSU. It’s believed to be one of seven similar sculptures created by Fredericks for the company.