The monument was commissioned in 2009 by the Minnesota State Veterans Memorial Association and consists of five 8 feet X 10 foot oil paintings; each pays tribute to the men and women of the five branches of the United States Military: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard. The paintings are located in the Committal Hall at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls. The Army painting was installed in November, 2011; the Navy painting installed Memorial weekend, 2014. The Coast Guard unveiling was February, 2016 and featured on Lakeland Public Television’s Community Spotlight. The Marine Corps painting unveiled and installed on May 26, 2018. Listen to the Artist and the Veteran and hear firsthand from Navy Veteran Ray Stumpf †who modeled for the project.
The individual paintings tell the story of each branch—origins, fundamentals and historical impact— and highlight significant activities and events. The paintings hang in the cemetery’s Committal Hall to represent all who served, commemorating their sacrifices in all wars. Beyond being a memorial to our nation’s military men and women, the paintings are educational tools to help future generations understand our history and the vital role our military plays in maintaining our freedom and democracy.
The project is funded entirely by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and veterans organizations. The final phase of fundraising is underway for the remaining painting of the Air Force. Tax-deductible donations may be made in honor of, or memory of a loved one. Donations of $1,000 or more have the opportunity to designate a name on a “memorial wall”
It began with the vision of Gordon Gerling†, and here’s how it all began, in his own words:
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