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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Veterans Park to be dedicated on Flag Day

  • Sleepy Eye Honor Guard will hold a flag retirement ceremony following dedication.
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  • The Sleepy Eye Veteran’s Park forms a unique and important ceremonial space along Main Street. The park is designed to not only be used for memorial events, but will also have historical significance within the community.
     
    On Saturday, June 14, the Sleepy Eye Honor Guard, together with the Economic Development Authority (EDA), has planned a special program to dedicate Veteran’s Park and retire flags.
     
    The program will begin at 10:45 a.m. with the honor guard marching from the Servicemen’s Club to Veteran’s Park. Commander Jeremy Reinarts and EDA Director Kurk Kramer will both say a few words.
     
    Following the dedication the honor guard will retire flags. The public is asked to bring any flags they would like retired and blankets or chairs for seating.
    The Servicemen’s Club will be taking orders for new flags following the ceremony.
     
    Located where the former Hose Hardware building used to stand,Veterans Park is designed to be a place for loved ones and veterans to remember, honor and reflect.
     
    The park features a concrete pentagon shaped pad containing the five military branch flags in each corner. The POW/MIA and US flag take center stage and are spotlighted. The Memorial Wall stands centered on the north end of the park and has bronze name plates attached to it.
     
    These plates can be purchased by anyone from the public who would like the name of a member of the military who has served, or is currently serving, in the military.
    The Veteran’s Park has been made possible by community members and local businesses through donations.
     
    When the city began to inquire about the various options for the Hose lot, the idea of a Veteran’s Park was the overwhelming choice of interest.
     
    It is hoped that the park, put into place to honor those who have served for our freedoms, will bring peace and reflection.
     
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