Proud moment for Osakis community as veterans memorial is dedicated
Despite the rain and cold Saturday, a crowd of at least 250 people gathered to formally dedicate the Osakis Armed Forces Memorial.
The memorial’s tall, black granite monuments provide a space to reflect, honor and remember the service of every man and woman who has served in America’s armed forces.
The ceremony was an incredibly proud moment for the Osakis community – they came together to support and fund the stunning $100,000 memorial with donations.
Six local veterans, Mike Kral, Al Kral, Kearney Frank, John Pallow, Steve Mihalchick and Chub Hensley, took the idea for a memorial in town and saw it through to Saturday’s dedication.
The memorial is located on the east side of Osakis at Lions Park.
Saturday’s ceremony included patriotic music from the Gordon Men’s Choir and Osakis High School Band and Choir. In addition, a U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard was on-hand to post and retrieve colors and help unveil the Fallen Soldier’s Battle Cross, located at the center of the memorial.
There are also plans to place a monument for wounded soldiers the memorial site.