Veterans Memorial in Medford, MN
The dedication of the Veterans Memorial in Medford, MN on June 17, 2016 at the Straight River Days.
A beautiful day to gather…to celebrate this beautiful memorial…to recall our country’s service men and women…especially those who have served from our Medford area … always with the goal to protect our country’s freedoms and our country’s people.
It was three years ago this past winter that Butch Schultz caught me at the grocery store -----I don’t recall which one or if it was in the vegetable or cereal aisle and his question was “What did I thinkt about a veteran’s memorial right here in Medford?....paraphrasing me and the boys have been talking and we think it is a good idea….” I was totally supportive then and through this effort . what better way to have a visible structure commemorating our nation’s service people and particularily those with Medford connections. A structure for our next generations as a reminder that the preservation of our country’s freedoms requires hard work and dedication and months away from home in areas that we may not know exist or even be able to pronouce….. the places where men and women are called upon for service and protection.
On behalf of the Medford Community—we thank the veterans committee—Butch Schultz, John Hager, Steve Clark, Vern Jeno, Roger Hagen, and supporting members Ben McAdams, Larry Houglum, Pat Merritt, Danny Thomas, Gene Kuedke and many others. Special thanks toRich Kucera as our department of public workds director in working with this group to accommodate all the site work exploration and investigations in building this memorial. Our city clerk Amber Kniefel for designing the spread sheet system to keep track of both donations and those names to be memoralized and assisting with meeting minutes and answering the many questions from the public about the process of adding names to the memorial.
Thank you, to MARC, our Medford Area Recreation Committee for your help in accepting the early donations and fundraising foundation for this project. AND to everyone who volunteered time in this memorial’s construction, donated in kind services, donated directly to the project and were family cheerleaders as this construction took place.
Thank you to the VFW Honor Guard for being here representing the five branches of the armed services. We saw you this morning at Dave Jensen’s funeral. Thank YOU for your personal military service and for continuing to honor service men and women at their passing and for the events like this and our Straight River Days Parade.