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Wadena County veterans park underway

The Wadena County Veterans Park was just a dream until a group of Veterans lead by David Ludovissie started the effort in 2010 and four years later the park is getting ready to hold its first dedication.

The land, which was donated by the city of Wadena, is on the south side of Sunnybrook Park. The park will contain various military hardware, a dock over Sunnybrook, and contains a 50-foot mast shaped flag pole which will have the service flags flown from the yard arms and the United States flag flown on the main mast.

The Veterans park committee reach an agreement with the City of Wadena earlier this year and upon completion the park will be dedicated back to the City and to be maintained as a City Park. The Park is designed as a tribute the Veterans of all services, whether active or reserve or National Guard, living or deceased from Wadena County and the greater Wadena area.

A deceased wall of honor is planned and also the committee is selling granite pavers for walkways and granite benches. These pavers will have full name, rank, branch of service and service years, the benches be available for corporate sponsorship or for family sponsorship.

The mast style flagpole was erected June 2 and will be dedicated June 14 at 12 noon starting with a flyover of Vintage AT-6 aircraft and a dedication ceremony to follow at the flag site in the Veterans Park and there will be a lunch after the dedication.

The Veterans Park Committee is a group of Veterans and community members dedicated to the continued support and remembrance of the Veterans that have served our great nation. They are in the process of completing a 501C3 nonprofit application.

If you are interested in purchasing pavers or benches please see any park committee members, inquire at the VFW Club, or myself at the Veterans Service Office.

As always please see your local County Veterans Service Officer if you have any questions. You can contact your local VSO at (218) 631-7617 or by email at and as always have a great week.