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Proud moment for Osakis community as veterans memorial is dedicated

A United States Marine Corps Honor Guard posted and retrieved colors during the Osakis Armed Forces memorial dedication ceremony on Saturday. (Echo Press photos by Amy Chaffins)1 / 2
After Saturday’s ceremony, people toured the memorial to get a closer look at the monuments and pavers that are etched with veterans’ names and dates of service. (Echo Press photos by Amy Chaffins)2 / 2

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.

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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.

Amy Chaffins

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

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