On my way back to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport I made an effort to stop by this memorial.

 

 

Honoring All Veterans - Veterans Park Sign

Honoring All Veterans – Veterans Park Sign

The memorial is located in Veterans Park, Richfield, Minnesota. This is in the northwest corner of the airport. I was a bit surprised by the mini golf in a veterans park but OK. Notice that it was February when I visited. You will see a few remnants of snow in the area.

 

Honoring All Veterans - Entrance Plaque

Honoring All Veterans – Entrance Plaque

It is a little different than most memorials. This memorial is open to all veterans regardless of residency.

 

Honoring All Veterans - Brochure Box

Honoring All Veterans – Brochure Box

Honoring All Veterans - Brochure Cover

Honoring All Veterans – Brochure Cover

This is the only memorial that I have seen brochures provided. Basically, if you pay them money they will engrave any veterans name on a stone in the memorial. The picture in the center depicts the memorial as it will look in the future.

I am a little confused about the “money for honor” type of program. Most memorials honor local veterans that have served their country and their community. This one is open to any veteran living or dead. I won’t judge whether this is a good or bad thing – it’s just different.

 

Honoring All Veterans - Special Memorials

Honoring All Veterans – Special Memorials

These seems to be an offshoot of the main memorial. It is a little confusing but some nice tributes.

 

Honoring All Veterans - Chuck Lindberg and the Flag 1

Honoring All Veterans – Chuck Lindberg and the Flag 1

This statue is the centerpiece of the memorial. The soldier is Chuck Lindberg from Richfield, Minnesota. Chuck was part of the team of soldiers that raised the second American flag on Iwo Jima. This is the event made famous in the photograph that most people know of.

 

Honoring All Veterans - Army and Air Force Pillars

Honoring All Veterans – Army and Air Force Pillars

The various service pillars surround the centerpiece statue and American Flag. The granite tablets in the background are separated by branch service. These pillars are of the Army and the Air Force with appropriate granite tablets behind them.

 

Honoring All Veterans - Marines Pillar

Honoring All Veterans – Marines Pillar

This pillar represents the Marine Corps. The granite tablets are positioned in only 2 directions. The brochure has a graphic showing how the final layout of the memorial will look like a teardrop formation.

 

Honoring All Veterans - Merchant Marines and Coast Guard Pillars

Honoring All Veterans – Merchant Marines and Coast Guard Pillars

These pillars represent the Merchant Marines and the Coast Guard. It is located across from the Army and Air Force pillars and has granite tablets behind them. This is one of my favorite pictures of the day because I caught the shadow against the pillar.

 

 

Honoring All Veterans - Overall Memorial View 2

Honoring All Veterans – Overall Memorial View 2

Here is how the memorial looks as you approach.

 

 

This was an interesting memorial. I do like the layout of the memorial and the centerpiece statue of Chuck Lindberg.

A side note about the location. If you Google map it you will not find the memorial location. Instead it directs you to a residence. The memorial is across the street the inside the park.

For more information go to:

http://www.cityofrichfield.org/departments/parks-and-recreation/honoring-all-veterans-memorial

 

Honoring All Veterans Memorial - Richfield, MN

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