WINSTED, MN Months of preparation, planning, and work will come together Sunday, Sept. 15 at a dedication ceremony for the Winsted Veterans Memorial.
The program will take place at 1 p.m. at the memorial, which is located in the southwest corner of Hainlin Park, along McLeod Co. Rd. 1.
Tony Kielkucki will serve as the master of ceremonies. Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko will provide a welcome.
The program will also include the national anthem and raising of flags, and remembering the fallen.
There will also be a transfer of responsibility to the Winsted Parks Commission.
The guest speaker will be Dan Ludwig, past national commander of the American Legion. Refreshments will be provided. Some seating will be available, but attendees may wish to bring their own lawn chairs. The public is encouraged to attend.
The idea for the project came to light when residents Dave Gailey, Dick Langenfeld, and Mitch Littfin shared details about the project with the Winsted City Council in 2017.
The memorial was a project of the Winsted American Legion and was funded entirely by freewill donations, not by tax dollars.
Citizens also have an opportunity to purchase plaques to honor individual veterans.
The vision behind the Winsted Veterans Memorial is to give citizens and visitors a dedicated place to reflect and remember.
The memorial will honor the fallen, and will give families the opportunity to have their own veterans’ names displayed in the pentagon plaza.
Veterans and their families are encouraged to purchase a veteran name plaque to be permanently installed in the pentagon court.
The plaques are available to honor any veteran, living or deceased, who served honorably on active duty, in the reserves, or the National Guard, in wartime or peacetime.
The plaques are made of brushed stainless steel etched with the veteran’s name, branch of service, and period of service. The 11-inch-by-5-inch plaques will be installed upon completion of the monument.
The cost of the plaques is $150 each, with proceeds going directly toward any final construction costs and the ongoing operations and maintenance of the memorial.
Designed by Winsted native Mitch Littfin, the memorial is a place of intimacy and quiet, according to www.winstedveteransmemorial.org.
The Winsted Veterans Memorial committee worked to create “a unique, high-quality memorial in which visitors could experience bittersweet remembrance of fallen soldiers, as well as pride in those who served and returned home.”
As visitors turn to leave, they will see the words “Never Forget.”
In fall 2018, the Winsted Veterans Memorial site was excavated in preparation for footings to provide a foundation for the five pillars of the pentagon court. The pillars were completed at the end of 2018, and elements of the memorial were visible from McLeod County Road 1.
Construction continued in 2019, and installation of the plaques began.
For more information about the memorial, or to donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• What? A dedication ceremony for the Winsted Veterans Memorial. The guest speaker will be Dan Ludwig, past national commander of the American Legion. Refreshments will be provided.
• Where? At the memorial, located in the southwest corner of Hainlin Park, along McLeod County Road 1.
• When? Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.
• Who? The public is encouraged to attend. Some seating will be available, but it is recommended that attendees bring their own lawn chairs.