On my way back to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport I made an effort to stop by this memorial.
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.
It is a little different than most memorials. This memorial is open to all veterans regardless of residency.
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.
These seems to be an offshoot of the main memorial. It is a little confusing but some nice tributes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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