Monumental idea becomes reality
Two of the four military statues that American Legion Post 199 Commander Jim Fink is hoping will be fixtures in Veterans Park have come home.
The life-sized concrete statues coated in bronze depict a U.S. Army and U.S. Navy soldier. The Army statue depicts one soldier carrying another wounded soldier on his shoulders and back and is entitled "No one left behind". The Navy soldier is standing tall and proud, holding a pair of binoculars and wearing a life vest.
Fink picked up the two statues on Friday in Sioux Falls where he purchased them. One statue was purchased by the Minneota Legion, while Fink is seeking donations for the other.
There are two other statues in the set, one female veteran and the other a U.S. Marine soldier. Fink is hoping to secure enough donations to include those two in the park.
"The statues we have are going to look nice in the park," said Fink. "I would really like to get all four of them put in the park, if we can make it work."
Each statue costs $3,500.
Currently, the statues are strapped on a trailer in the parking lot and will be placed in the park sometime this week or next. Minneota Building Materials is assisting in placing the statues at designated locations in Veterans Park.
A dedication of the statues will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.
"We will also have a flag-burning ceremony behind the Legion that afternoon," Fink said. "We already have several unserviceable flags that will be burned in a ceremony. We will be following a proper procedure to burning the flags."
The commander, vice commander and chaplain will speak during the flag-burning ceremony.
If anyone has an unserviceable flag they would like to have included in the flag-burning ceremony, they can be dropped off at The Roundup or the John Engels Attorney office, both on Jefferson Street.
PAVERS CAN BE ALSO BE PURCHASED: Pavers to honor or memorialize a veteran can be purchased for $150 for a cut finish or $175 for a polished paver. You can pick up your application at the City Office and make your check out to the City of Minneota.
If anyone would like to purchase a paver or contribute to the military statues, make checks out to the City of Minneota and send them to: City of Minneota, 129 E. 1st St., Minneota, MN 56264.
If you have any questions, contact the City Office at 507-872-6144 or Jim Fink at 507-828-6183.