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Memorial in Osakis honors vets

The Osakis Armed Forces Memorial has been in place for a couple weeks and it’s a striking balance of stone and solemn placement along a natural backdrop. It will be formally dedicated on Saturday. (Echo Press photo by Amy Chaffins)

The planning, fundraising and hard work that went into bringing a memorial to Osakis will be illuminated and dedicated this weekend.

The community is invited to the Osakis Armed Forces Memorial dedication ceremony on Saturday, October 5 at 11 a.m. at Osakis Lions Park, along Highway 127 on the east side of town.

Chub Hensley is a veteran and one of several memorial coordinators and said, “[The memorial is] really going to be impressive, from what we started with and what we ended with, it’s really something.”

He specified, “This memorial is for all veterans, all prior service.”

Saturday’s program will begin with a welcome by Osakis Mayor Kip Emerson and an opening prayer by Pastor Lindell Quam, who is also the ceremony’s featured speaker.

An abundance of patriotic music and fanfare is also planned for Saturday.

A couple highlights to watch for are a tribute to fallen soldiers by local children and the Gordon Men’s Choir and an unveiling of the fallen soldier’s cross at the memorial.

The Osakis Armed Forces Memorial has been in place for a couple weeks and it’s a striking balance of stone and solemn placement along a natural backdrop.

There are approximately 300 pavers in the center of the memorial honoring veterans and their years of service.

Benches flank the memorial, offering space to reflect.

Some seating will be available on-site for the dedication, but bringing your own seating is encouraged. Handicapped parking will be available at the memorial site. Tents will reportedly be in place in the event of rain on Saturday.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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