(Alexandria, MN) On Friday you could have knocked Russ Oorlog over with a feather. The Vietnam veteran and organizer of the Veteran's Memorial Park in Alexandria learned that a special delivery was going to be made on Veteran's Day. Russ eagerly shared the news that the centerpiece of the park, a 9-foot granite replica of the Liberty Bell, was going to be delivered on Monday, November 11th, Veteran's Day. The delivery wasn't planned until Spring 2020, but the equipment was available now and that meant plans could move forward, well ahead of schedule. Russ shared the news on KXRA's Openline, November 8th. (AUDIO BELOW)
The concrete work is complete; at least enough to place the bell and other key pieces of the Memorial in place. There is still some curing being done under heated plastic.
More than 7000 veteran's names have been collected in order to be memorialized on the park's granite monoliths. Eventually nine flagpoles will display flags of the United States, State of Minnesota, POW-MIA, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. A picnic pavilion and a heated restroom complex are planned for the property as well.
To learn more about the Veteran's Memorial Park, visit their website.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. One year later, on November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time.