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Sands of Iwo Jima exciting addition to Marines painting

Sands of Iwo Jima exciting addition to Marines Veterans painting

Good bye Florence Kapsner

The Monument Committee grieves the loss, and celebrates the life of Florence Mary Kapsner (February 12 1923 – April 20, 2018) . Florence was past president of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Marine Corps painting, March



Marine Corps painting as of March 4, 2018. Lots of focus on the figures in the lower right.


Happy Valentine’s Day

Continuing to put some heart and soul into the painting, where you’ll note the bottom right section is really starting to take on some paint.

MC feb2018

Shiver Elk River Polar Plunge! FUNdraising success!

GO JUMP IN THE LAKE! AND THEY DID! Five brave members of our military joined ranks in support of the Monument by LITERALLY jumping in a very frozen Lake Orono in Elk River, and raised over $1,000! Unreal! And to top it off, they wore colorful wigs and coordinating hula skirts. TALK ABOUT THE BOLD NORTH! The sun was out but the temperature was a lovely 15 or so…THANKS Bill, Aaron, Levi, Lauren and Wayne for your commitment not only in fundraising, for sticking it out, but for your service to our Country!IMG_20180210_144004041.jpg



Painting, Polar Plunge and Memorial Day


It’s mid January and a winter storm is bearing down, but all’s well in the studio. But keeping with the snow and cold theme…one of the Project’s own fundraising committee members, LEVI ACKLEY is once again dipping into Lake Orono at the Shiver Elk River Polar Plunge. 

This fundraiser really is a lot of fun, and this year Levi has some friends joining him. All proceeds will benefit the last painting!

Memorial Day Weekend:

It’s a special time again, where on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the Marine Corps painting will be officially installed and dedicated. Plan to attend!


Happy New Year


Marine Corps painting as of 12/21.

As the year winds down, we take time to thank all the women and men who are serving all around the world. To our Veterans, we are grateful. To the families who wait for the safe and healthy return of their loved ones, we say thanks. With our hopes to a joyful and peace-filled new year.




Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Marine Corps Veteran Quintin Sam to become part of Minnesota History

Read this wonderful Story story by Vivian LaMoore in the Mille Lacs Messenger about Quintin Same, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and Marine Corps Veteran and his role in the project.



Congratulations and Farewell Colonel Scott St. Sauver!

After an outstanding 37-year career with the National Guard, Colonel Scott St. Sauver is heading a new direction, as ever with his wife Debra. His military career is one lauded by many, and the Project is another one to do so. Colonel St. Sauver’s support over the past years, his attendance at events where the paintings were showcased, his inclusion of the artist at the annual NOREX exchange, and countless other ways he has helped to promote it are appreciated in ways that no words, spoken or written, can adequately describe. You are one of the most genuine people I have ever come to know, and your leadership is peerless.

On behalf of the Veterans Educational Historic Project, I extend deepest thanks to Colonel St. Sauver, and Debra as they, together, toss a line in the water and travel this great land together. Your friendship is the gift of a lifetime.

 Charles Gilbert Kapsner


Marine Corps update

Fall is in the air, and hints of brilliant color are tagging the trees, and the painting is also reflecting more colors.