There will be a dedication of the Grant County Veterans’ Memorial on Saturday, July 4, 2015, starting at 10:00 a.m.
The Memorial is located off Highway #79 East, on the grounds of the Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services, just north of the visitor’s parking lot.
The dedication is the culmination of many years of planning, work, and fundraising by the Grant County Veterans’ Memorial Support Organization (GCVMSO), and the long-time dream of its President Clint Grove. Grove conceived the idea of a memorial for all Grant County’s veterans and did much of the designing himself. Grove, unfortunately, passed away less than a month before the dedication on June 14.
The memorial is dedicated in honor and eternal gratitude to all the men and women who served our country in the armed forces and to the memory of those who gave their lives. The 68 Grant County members of the armed forces who paid the ultimate price are inscribed on one of the black granite tablets that are featured in the memorial. There were three killed during the Civil War, 15 killed during WWI, 36 killed in WWII, five killed during the Korean War, eight killed in the Vietnam War, and one killed in the Iraq War.
Other features include two granite stands that feature 580 bricks inscribed with the name, branch of service, and years of service of veterans from Grant County. Sale of these bricks went a long way in paying for the Grant County Veterans’ Memorial.
There are also seven black granite benches, donated by various organizations, individuals, or families. These benches are meant to be used by visitors to the memorial as rest areas for reflection.
The dedication will begin with an invocation by Darrell Boe, Tri-County Parish, Herman-Wheaton.
Then there will be a welcome by Darrell Frykman, GCVMSO Secretary, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem sung by Craig Torgeson.
GCVMSO Vice-President Bryon Gilbertson will make a few remarks, as will Wes Moir of Wendell, Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Care Center Board member.
The main speaker for the event will be Sandy Wersal, President of the 7th District Auxilary.
After the Presentation of the Memorial, there will be the raising of the memorial flags and the lowering of the American flag to half-mast.
As the names of all Grant County veterans killed in action are read, a bell will ring for each name.
Following the playing of the song “Proud to be an American” by Craig Torgerson, there will be a 21 gun salute by the Grant County American Legion Posts, and a fly-over by Paul Brutlag in his WWII era war plane.
Carlyle Larson, from Madison, Wisconsin, will play “Taps” and the Benediction will be given by Pastor Jean Ohman of United Lutheran Church in Elbow Lake.
The dedication will conclude with the Posting of Colors.
Following the dedication, which is open to everyone, there will be a reception at the Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services dining room. Free will offering accepted.People who wish to attend the dedication are asked to bring a lawn chair if they want to sit. Parking will be available in the hospital visitors parking lot. A tent will be provided for those who need protection from the sun.