Despite the rain and cold, the City of Big Lake unveiled their new Veteran’s Memorial last Saturday. This project is located 2.5 miles down the road from the Big Lake office. The memorial celebration was open to the community and featured speeches from Mayor Danielowski, George Quinn, Colonel Langer, and other military personnel who remembered those that have fallen for our country. In addition, a 21 gun salute and flowers laid on the headstones were performed as a sign of remembrance and honor.
Minnesota Limited was fortunate to be able to sponsor this project in conjunction with the city by constructing and installing the three flagpoles which stand on the site. These flagpoles were built in the Big Lake office fabrication shop by a talented team of welders led by Tom Lilyerd. Installation was performed by a variety of Minnesota Limited personnel including Tom Lilyerd and Ben Schrader. Minnesota Limited also donated the three flags that will fly over the memorial.
In addition to the flagpoles, the memorial features three headstones, with emblems of all branches of service prominently displayed. Names of veterans killed in action and at home, along with those still living, are placed on the two outside headstones. Lush landscaping surrounds the park to bring a serene and decorative ambience to the memorial.
This project would not have been possible without support from members of the Big Lake community including the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee, the American Legion, and several local businesses.
A huge thank you to all of those involved in making this collaboration happen including Vic Krauze, Ben Schrader, Tom Lilyerd, and all of those who helped with fabrication and installation.