Veterans Educational Historic Monument
The Veterans Educational Historic Project is being administered through a partnering arrangement with the Initiative Foundation, a charitable nonprofit Foundation with headquarters in Little Falls, MN.

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Marine Corps Update

Marine Corps painting March 21, 2017

It’s springtime in Minnesota, and the Marine Corps painting is taking shape! Jungle scene, initial figure, and loads more to go.

A really COOL twist on raising funds!

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Whether you follow the Monument regularly, or stopping in to see what’s up, here’s a new twist. Given the artist is starting on painting #4, the Marine Corps, it’s an ongoing project to raise the funds. On Saturday, February 11th one of the newer members of the Fundraising committee, Levi Ackley, (Air Force) literally took a plunge at “Shiver Elk River” to raise over $400 by jumping into a lake! In his Captain America t-shirt, Levi proved that superheroes are all around us!Watch the click by click photos of the jump. And congratulations to Levi for this creative fundraiser! We hear he’s recruited some folks to jump next year!


Shiver Elk River Fundraiser!

Levi Ackley
A warm and smiling Levi Ackley…before the plunge!

A new twist on raising funds for the Monument comes via one of the fundraising committee members, Levi Ackley, who is taking the plunge at the Shiver Plunge on Saturday, February 11th at 3 PM at Lake Orono in Elk River. It’s one of those way out there fundraiser ideas, and Levi’s enthusiasm and courage are remarkable! So rather than freezing yourself, support Levi’s courageous jump by Donating to Levi!!

In remembrance of Mr. Howard Warnberg


We are deeply saddened by the loss of a sailor from the greatest generation: Chief Petty Officer Howard Warnberg. Howard is a key figure and supporter of the Vets Art Monument–where he modeled for the Navy painting as the Navy Chief. Howard was a gentlemen’s gentlemen, and prominent figure in the community of Little Falls. He served as a County Comissione and ran a successful flooring business. It was a great honor to have known him for 40 years, and I got to know his spirit well as he posed for his portrait in the studio. He leaves a wonderful legacy, and will truly be missed, however as the Navy Chief he stands watch at the Cemetery.

Marine Corps canvas stretched!

The long-awaited Marine Corps painting is stretched! One of my least favorite tasks, it’s made easier with help, in this case joined by Erik Sogge, who is the Cemetery Administrator and clearly willing to get his hands, and knees, dirty. Also joining was Val Pilarski. While there’s been work on the initial sketch ideas in my studio, the Marine Corps painting becomes “real” when it takes shape in the 8 X 10 foot canvas, which was stretched this week at the Maintenance Building at the Cemetery.

With thanks on Veterans Day

We take this opportunity to thank all the men and women of our Armed Services who have served, and are serving. Wherever you are in the world, we think of you today.

Marine Corps painting next up!

Thanks for your ongoing interest in the Monument. The Marine Corps is almost ready to get going, with the canvas needing to be stretched and prepped. As way of refresher, this shows the initial sketch. Some edits will occur, but the overall theme is depicted.