Photos of the Grounds

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Coming into Park Rapids from the South on Hwy-71, you will first see the airport on the left side of the road. Your first glimpse of the Memorial will be the West side, visible from Hwy-71 (DSC00003.jpg). Coming into the grounds from the East, you will first notice a walkway paved with engraved stones and lined with engraved benches (DSC07805a). The purchase of these stones and benches has funded the majority of our efforts, and they are a living memorial to those whose names are engraved upon them. Coming to the memorial (07808a.jpg), you will see granite markers on the left and right (001.jpg and 002.jpg).

Entering the Memorial between these two markers, you will see three rows of two columns each (003.jpg thru 015.jpg) on which is engraved the names of conflicts, the numbers who served, the number of persons held prisoner and the number of related deaths in each conflict.

You will next come upon five granite teardrops, each containing a 40-foot flagpole on which is mounted the colors of a Branch of Service of the United States of America, arranged by seniority going counterclockwise. In the center of these teardrops you will see the National Ensign flying from a 60-foot flagpole.

Next, you will see the Flag of the State of Minnesota and the POW/MIA flag hoisted from 40-foot flagpoles.

Centered on the far (East) end of the Memorial is a tall monument (016.jpg) engraved with the outline of the State of Minnesota, with the Great Seal of the United States of America engraved above it. To the left of this monument (017.jpg) you will see engraved the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota and to the right (018.jpg) you will see engraved the seal of the Department of Defense.



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