The Northfield Area Veterans Memorial was designed
by Jeff Anderson of Anderson Memorials, Inc. in Austin, Minnesota.
Jasnoch Construction of Northfield served as the general contractor
for the project. The memorial's design places a series of symbolic
elements around a central plaza. Two long, perpendicular walkways,
connected by arching interior walkways, are lined with engraved
paving stones honoring individual veterans from all branches of
the United States military, and from many of the eras and conflicts
of American military history.
of the monument include three spires of staggered heights, representing
three stages of American military history: the effort
to gain our own freedom; the struggle to maintain our national
unity and the freedom of all citizens; and the effort to defend and
the freedom of others.
Six vertical stone tablets pay tribute to
each of the six branches of the United States military: United
States Air Force, United States Army, United States Coast Guard,
United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and the United States
Stone tablets also provide a Wall of Honor memorializing
men and women who have given their lives during war time, recognize
suffering and sacrifice of men and women who were prisoners
of war or who are
missing in action, and a list of the major wars and conflicts
in which the United States has engaged. A statue of a soldier,
home from war, gazes straight ahead, haunted by memories of
war. Greeting him are five flags: the flags of United States of America,
the State of Minnesota, POWs/MIAs, the Veterans of Foreign
and the American Legion.
The paved walkways, spires, standing
tablets, flags, and statue are set in a large, grassy knoll in
Riverside Lions Park in
The Memorial was named an award-
winning design by the Monument Builders of North America. Read more here.