AIR FORCE PAINTING UNVEILING
MONUMENT COMPLETION CELEBRATION
Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 12:00 NOON
Camp Ripley, 15000 Hwy 15 Little Falls, MN
After 10 years, the last of five painting is complete, and you are invited to the formal unveiling and dedication of the Air Force painting—where it joins the four others to round out the Veterans Educational Historic Monument. This project has been a collaboration of substantial proportion, with the ultimate goal to create a series of paintings that reflect the faces, places and stories of the men and women of each branch of the U.S Military. It is time to celebrate! Join if you can!
DATE AND TIME: Sunday, September 15th, 12:00 NOON. There will be a military flyover, official program, honor guard, military personnel, honored guests, and remarks by dignitaries and the artist. The formal program will start AT NOON and be approximately 45 minutes. The event is scheduled to take place outside next to the Military Museum. In the case of inclement weather, you will be guided to the Hangar Conference Center; both have ample seating and accommodations.
LOCATION: CAMP RIPLEY MILITARY BASE 15000 Hwy 15 Little Falls: While the paintings are installed at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, the formal celebration will take place at Camp Ripley, which is adjacent to the Cemetery. This venue is necessary to accommodate the anticipated crowd, bearing in mind that the Committal Hall is an intimate space for funerals. Once the formal program is over, you will be able to view all the paintings at the Committal Hall (more on that, below).
PARKING AND SECURITY: Arrive at Camp Ripley’s Main Gate, where all adults must show a picture ID. CHILDREN UNDER 18 ARE WELCOME AND DO NOT HAVE TO SHOW ID. This is an active military base and security is paramount. You will be instructed to the location which is near the Military Museum.
SHUTTLES: Once the formal program concludes, there will be shuttle buses provided by Camp to and from the Committal Hall for you to view the paintings, or you may drive to the Cemetery, 15550 MN-115, Little Falls, on your own. The distance between Camp and the Cemetery is .9 miles (3-minute drive). You may travel between the two locations as you wish.
RELATED EVENT (FREE): Camp Ripley Open House between 10:00 – 2:00 which includes military displays, car show, and food vendors. You are welcome to arrive early to partake in the Open House. The Open House draws a large crowd but fear not—the military have things well organized! NOTE: The Open House will shut down during the program.
AFTER THE PROGRAM: Participate in the Open House, see the paintings at the Committal Hall which will be open until 2 PM, providing ample time to view the paintings. There will be food and a cash bar at the Viking Club on base, where the festivities will continue.
ATTIRE: Casual outdoor fall attire.
RSVP NOT NECESSARY. Please forward this invitation to others.