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November 11, 2015   > > > 15th Annual VETERANS DAY Program


The fifteenth annual Veterans Day program will be held
Wednesday, November 11, at 10:30
at the
Rochester International Event Center near the Rochester Airport.


7333 Airport View Drive SW, Rochester, MN
This event is put on by the volunteers from the
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee, the DAV,
POW/MIA Riders Association, and other volunteers.

Free breakfast for everyone, courtesy of Canadian Honker and the Event Center, will be served from 8:30 to 10:00 followed by the program at 10:30. The MC for this event will be the KAAL TV News Anchor, James Wilcox.

The hour long program will include Harry Popiel a veteran of the US Air Force and chairman of the Waseca County Veterans Memorial Committee who have devoted much time and effort to design, raise funds and build a place to commemorate veterans with a connection to Waseca County. Target date for completion of this project is during the 2016 construction season.

Program will include Jane Belau reading a special poem written by her especially for Veterans Day. Brad Boice, assisted by Jane Belau, will do a special song as a tribute to our Veterans of all branches of the service and perform other patriotic songs. POW/MIA Riders will again furnish transportation on Golf Carts for those who need assistance from the parking lot to the entrance. Honor Guards from the region will participate in Posting and retiring the Colors along with an Honor Guard march. The Bells for Eternity will be rung by Terry Throndson and Lee Swendson, a WW II Veteran who is celebrating his 103rd birthday on Veterans Day.

A lot of time and effort has been spent to show our Veterans our love and appreciation so it is hoped that people will turn out to show their support for our Veterans.

Additional Information or directions - call Wayne Stillman at 289 8981


October 15, 2015   > > > SFVM Committee - Annual Meeting


Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Committee Members,
Wives and Honored Guests

Committee Members

back row, left to right: Mike Pruett,
Terry Throndson, Lonnie Hebl,
Scott Eggert, Al Maves, Wayne Herivel
front row:
Rod Lee, Glenn Miller, Jerry Barnhart, Merle Peterson, Harry Kerr,
Wayne Stillman, Floyd Riester

 

not present: Dave Senjem


Members' Wives

back row, left to right:
Amy Hoot, Deb Throndson, Dawn Pruett, Monica Eggert, BJ Herivel

front row:
Nina Lee, Carol Stillman, June Miller,
Betty Peterson

 

not present: Marliss Senjem, Karen Riester, Cindy Maves, Cindy Kerr


Honored Guests


back row, left to right:
Chad Stowers, Les Fields, Gene Eiden

front row:
Tami De Young, Amy Hoot, Francis Eiden


With sincere thanks and appreciation for all you do in support of the Memorial.

October 18, 2015   > > > TOYS for TOTS Breakfast/Fundraiser


Sunday, October 18, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

TOYS for TOTS BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

toys for tots flyer

This event is being held at the VFW Post #1215

Located at: 16 - 6th Street S.W.
Rochester, Minnesota 55902

Hosted by: MN POW/MIA Riders Association

$6 / Person - Bring a toy & eat for FREE


June 27, 2015   > > > SPECIAL 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION


Saturday, June 27th at 1:00 PM there will be a special program at the
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial in Rochester.

The program is to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the birth of the Memorial.

image of The Memorial at night

Many things happened to make the idea of a Veterans Memorial a reality in Rochester. This short program will give a little history of the completion of the Memorial and the ripple effect it has had over the entire country.

Special recognition will be given, by the Bells for Eternity, to committee members who have passed on and the VFW Honor Guard will do the honor of Posting the Colors.

Well known performer, Brad Boice, will perform two patriotic songs, along with the National Anthem, and Poet Laureate of the Memorial committee will read a specially written poem in honor of this important event.

Several members of the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial will participate in this one hour program so the public can be aware of some of the volunteers responsible for this Memorial that is valued at over six million dollars and was built without the use of tax dollars.

Souvenir booklets that were previously sold will be available free of charge.

Further information:
Wayne Stillman
289 8981

 

June 20, 2015       > > > Gluten Free Beer tasting


Andy’s Liquor North, 3125 Wellner Drive NE, is hosting a
Gluten Free Beer tasting Saturday, June 20 from 2:00 to 4:00

The Beer tasting is sponsored by the SE Minnesota Celiac Support Group, which includes sensitivity and in-tolerance to gluten. The purpose of this event is to introduce Gluten Free Beer to persons sensitive to gluten and promote the benefits of a Gluten Free Diet. 1 in 133 people are affected by Celiac disease and an overwhelming 97% of the affected population is currently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Many people who are not sensitive are on a reduced Gluten diet as it is healthier and in many cases helps in weight reduction, according to popular TV host Bill O’Reilly.

Persons attending will receive a certificate good for a 10% discount at Andy’s Liquor and will also be eligible for door prizes. Door prizes will be drawn at 3:00 and 4:00 and must be present to win. More information on the group:

> http://sites.google.com/site/semnceliacs/ <

Further information Cindy Burt 282 5093

 

June 8, 2015       > > > Action Tracks - Ready to Serve


These are the two Action Tracks paid for by Daughters of American Revolution and Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial. The trailer to haul them was paid for by the SFVM.
Terry Throndson designed and built the interior consisting of a non slip floor, storage cabinets and tie downs.
The Action Tracks and the trailer were donated to Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch for use of all disabled Veterans.

Action Tracks - loaded in the new trailer

Action Tracks - secured w/tie downs

Action Track

Terry Throndson

Terry Throndson designed and built the interior consisting of a non slip floor, storage cabinets and tie downs.

 

May 28, 2015       > > > INSTALLATION OF NEW PAVERS


Installation of these 84 pavers brings the total number of
pavers at the Memorial to nearly 6,000.
The location of each new paver will be added to this website,
by Veterans' name, shortly.
These recent pavers are located in the two middle sections of
the most southern sidewalk on the west side of the Memorial.

Lonnie Hebl placing the pavers

Lonnie Hebl and Dave Senjem

 

 

The just completed Walk of Remembrance looking east

 

April 10, 2015       > > > ACTION TRACK CHAIRS


Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial (SFVM) and
the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
both donated an all terrain vehicle to help ensure that disabled veterans
would be able participate in events where wheelchairs could not go.

Wayne Stillman with Bonnie Kottschade

Terry Throndson and Wayne Stillman looking on
as John Gifford test drives an Action Track chair

Wayne Stillman operating an Action Track chair

Bonnie Kottschade, Daughters of the American Revolution with John Gifford
prior to donating an Action Track chair to Ironwood Springs Ranch

 

November 11, 2014       > > > VETERANS DAY PROGRAM


The fourteenth annual Veterans Day program will be held
Tuesday, November 11, at 10:30 at the Rochester International Event Center near the Rochester Airport.

7333 Airport View Drive SW, Rochester, MN

This event is put on by the volunteers from the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee, the DAV, POW/MIA Riders Association, and other volunteers.

Free breakfast, courtesy of Canadian Honker and the Event Center, will be served from 8:30 to 10:00 followed by the program at 10:30. The MC for this event will be the KTTC TV New Anchor, Tom Overlie. This hour long program will include two former prisoners of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, Dick and Lillian Phillips, speaking on their experience as prisoners. Area Color and Honor Guards will perform the Color March and, Officer Carrie Koehler will give her rendition of the National Anthem. Major Paulette Frye of the Salvation Army will give the invocation and Wendell Armstuz will give the benediction. Jane Belau will read a special poem written especially for Veterans Day. Tom Overlie, assisted by Jane Belau, will do a special song as a tribute to our Veterans of all branches of the service. As always Gene Eiden and Les Fields will perform Taps. The Pledge of Allegiance will be lead by two special JM students, Jason Geister and Mahleek Pilarski, who will graduate next June and then go to advanced training for the National Guard. POW/MIA Riders will again furnish transportation on Golf Carts for those who need assistance from the parking lot to the entrance.

A lot of time and effort has been spent to show our Veterans our love and appreciation so it is hoped that people will turn out to show their support for our Veterans.

Additional information or directions call Wayne Stillman at 289 8981

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November 10, 2014       > > > MARINE CORPS BIRTHDAY PARTY

This year, as in years past, The Rochester VFW Post 1215 will celebrate the 239th birthday of the Marine Corps with a party at the VFW Post, 16 6th St SE, Rochester, starting at 5:00 P.M. on November 10th.

The public is invited to join the more than 200 Marines that are expected to attend. There will be snacks, door prizes, a silent auction and a live auction with all proceeds going to Operation Hometown Gratitude. There will be a brief program at 6:00 with, Color Guards, and the traditional cutting of the birthday cake.

The story of the Marines is as old as our Nation. The Marines have been among the first to go into battle to save our precious freedoms and have a long and proud military history. It has been the United States Marines who have guarded our embassys in foreign lands and pledged their lives to defend and serve our country. And from the moment brave souls first donned the Marine blue, there has been a simple oath: We few would stand side by side, no matter what, and we have. Together we have moved mountains, defended our Nation, and when necessary, defended our own. For 239 years the simple pledge of unconditional togetherness has bonded those who seek themselves in a pure and noble journey. The term for it is Sempi Fidelis. Taken from the ancient Latin language, it means “Always Faithful,” This is why there are no ex-Marines, only former Marines, and only warriors who have passed the torch.

All Marines and also the public is encouraged to support this special day for our special heroes.

May 23, 2014       > > > Students from Riverside School

Students from Riverside School visit the Memorial.
They arrived in style riding the Rochester Trolley.
Thank you for Visiting!

April 11 & 12, 2014       > > > CLOTHING DRIVE - FUNDRAISER

Greetings,
The students at John Marshall and the Disabled American Veterans are having a very special and important fund raiser

> VIEW FLYER <

We would appreciate and help you could give us in promoting this very worthwhile project to benefit our wounded heroes.
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Rich Daly
553 0223

March 25, 2014       > > > REQUESTING VETERANS' STORIES

Each year, the Rochester Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution with the assistance of the Post Bulletin and the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Committee produce a Veterans Day Special Edition magazine which is inserted into the P.B. the week before Veterans Day. This year, the focus will be on Afghanistan and Iraq, but stories from all conflicts may be submitted. They are requesting that those who have served send their stories and photos of their service to:  Sue Johnson at suefj1@gmail.com or mail to 6423 Granite Dr. N.W., Rochester, MN 55901. It is important for these stories to be told so that present and future generations understand that “Freedom is Never Free.” It is requested that stories be limited to 750 words.

The individual photos of those who have served are an important part of the magazine. It is a great way to “Honor a Veteran!” The Korean War Veterans have a large number so asked to be grouped together.   If there is enough demand from other groups, such as veterans from Vietnam, Iraq etc, the Post Bulletin could do the same for them. Please send photos to the Post Bulletin. Attn: Barb Flicker, PO Box 6118, Rochester, MN 55903-6118 along with a check for $20.00 if the picture has not been previously run in this section or $15.00 if the picture has appeared in the past. If desired, put a note requesting that the photo appear with other Vietnam Veterans, Korean War Veterans etc. If you wish the picture returned, please enclose a stamped, self addressed envelope.

If any business or organization wishes to put their message in this magazine, please contact Barb Flicker at 285-7781 for information regarding size and price of the message etc. Your message will reach over 45,000 homes in this area plus 5,000 visitors to Rochester!
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Further information
Bonnie Kottschade
282 7126

March 14, 2014       > > > Capt. Colin Fulbright

VFW Honor Guard assisting Capt. Colin Fulbright, from Houston, TX,
fly his Father's Flag over our Memorial.

His Flag has flown over 16 National Cemeteries including 14 in Europe, NATO Headquarters in Belgium, MN State Capital, 14 States and Washington DC, seven foreign Nations, battlefields of seven different wars, 21 American Warships and ten military aircraft to nine different foreign Nations. Capt. Fulbright has served with our own 173d in Vicenza, Italy.
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January 28, 2014       > > > NEW VETERANS COMMITTEE

For immediate release:

Members from the VFW Post, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Korean War Veterans Club, Wreaths Across America, Olmsted County Veterans Service Office, SE Center for Independent Living, POW/MIA Riders, Elks Lodge, Swenson Memorial Fund, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial have formed a committee consisting of Veterans Service Organizations.
More organizations are expected to join.

The purpose of this committee is to coordinate important military and other events so they do not conflict with each other, make the public aware of events and the purposes of various organizations. Sixty seven dates of reunions, events to be held in 2014 or may be held were discussed.

It was reported that there is an individual, not a 501c3 Corp or a tax exempt organization, from SE Minnesota that is collecting money in front of stores, such as, Wal Mart, among others, in the name of several Military Organizations that were in attendance. It was unanimously voted that no one should be allowed to collect money using the name of an organization unless they have written permission, are a 501c3 Corp or are doing it with the knowledge of the particular organization they are collection money for and can present a full accounting of funds collected.

For further information contact Chad Stowers, Commander of VFW Post 1215 or Wayne Stillman at 289 8981 ************************************************************************************************

November 11, 2013        > > > VETERANS DAY PROGRAM

The thirteenth annual Veterans Day program will be held
Monday, November 11, at 10:30 at the Rochester International Event Center near the Rochester Airport.

7333 Airport View Drive SW, Rochester, MN

This event is put on by the volunteers from the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee, the DAV, the Explorer Post, POW/MIA Riders Association, and other volunteers.

Free breakfast, courtesy of Canadian Honker and the Event Center, will be served from 8:30 to 10:00 followed by the program at 10:30. The MC for this event will be the KTTC TV New Anchor, Robin Wolfram.

This hour long program will include Colonel Rodney Peterson retired, speaking on “Veterans are Citizens” Kay Swenson Gold Star Mother of fallen hero Curt Swenson, and Chad Stowers on “Why Join a Military Organization. Area Color and Honor Guards will perform the Color March and, Officer Carrie Koehler will give her rendition of the National Anthem. Pastor Dave Berg of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will give the invocation and benediction and Pastor Phil Shaw will return from St Michaels to read a special poem by Jane Belau and give a short talk to the Veterans.

Golf Carts will furnish transportation for those who need assistance
from the parking lot.

A lot of time and effort has been spent to show our Veterans our love and appreciation so it is hoped that people will turn out to show their support for our Veterans.

Information or directions call 289 8981
Further information
Wayne Stillman

November 08, 2013        > > > SPECIAL VISITORS from ZUMBROTA

School kids from Zumbrota MN visiting the Memorial & welcomed by Mr. Wayne Stillman

October 16, 2013        > > > NEW Pavers Being Installed!

Lonnie Hebl, Harold and Wayne Stillman - paver installation



October 2013        > > > We WELCOME Visitors from Lake City MN

Kids from Lake City MN - Tour the Memorial with Wayne Stillman



October 9, 2013        > > > Preparation for the installation of new pavers

Oct 9th 2013 - Crews prepare for the installation of new pavers



September 2013        > > >Rochester Korean War Veterans Club at the Veterans Memorial


Rochester Korean War Veterans Club



September 24-28, 2013        > > > 23rd Infantry unit from Korea - Reunion in Rochester


Chad Stowers ( copy of speech )


at the Memorial





June 21-30, 2013        > > > RochesterFest Parade


SFVM Float


SFVM Float


SFVM Float


SFVM Float



July 26th 2013        > > > Bob Bardwell & Dana Bowman with Visitors



Dana Bowman (left)
and
Bob Bardwell



Dana Bowman, former
Golden Knights member
who lost his legs in a parachute accident is greeting visitors at the Memorial



June 14th 2013        > > >the Elks Club at the Flag Day ceremony

 

 

May 29th 2013        > > >Scholarship Presentations


On May 29th at 6:00 PM at the Memorial,
the family of CPL Curtis M Swenson, along with the Marine Corps League Foundation Thor Detachment, will have a short program to present scholarships of $1000 each to two Mayo High School students for educational purposes.
One senior and one alumni have been selected.

Curtis, a 2007 May High School graduate, entered the Marine Corps and served in Iraq and Afghanistan before being killed in action on April 2, 2010.
His future plans had included college.

Funds for college scholarships are raised and have been raised by a golf tournament hosted by the Swenson family.



The third annual Cpl Curtis M Swenson Golf Benefit will take place at Willow Creek Golf Course on Saturday, June, 1 2013. Registration starts at 10:30, a program of remembrance at 11:30 and shot gun start at 12:00.
The program will also feature a silent and live auction at 6:00 PM. Many auction items are available.
Dinner and auction results start at 6:00.
A fee of $90 per person includes golf, cart and dinner.
The public is welcome for dinner for $20.
Please register online for golf or dinner at
Willow Creek Golf Course’s website, or mail to: www.wpgolf.com/willowcreek.

Donations not only support the CPL Curtis M Swenson Memorial Scholarship, but help local veterans, active military and their families.
Contributions are also accepted to the CPL Curtis M Swenson Memorial Fund through Think Bank or directly to the family,
290 8 Rose Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904
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Further information Dave or Kay Swenson 287-0116

December 8, 2012        > > > VFW Post 1215 Craft and Bake Sale fundraiser


The VFW Post 1215, 16 6th St SW, in Rochester will host a
Craft and Bake Sale fundraiser on
Saturday Dec. 8 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

The proceeds of the Bake Sale will benefit the VFW Post’s many
projects for Veterans.

A lunch will also be available on site.

Tables for crafters are available for a registration fee of $10.00
and must be reserved by Nov 28th.
The VFW is requesting donations of baked goods for sale which must be packaged and labeled and at the VFW by 8:00 AM the day of the sale.

Any questions or to register call Deb Dahley at 273 3314


November 12, 2012        > > > TWELFTH ANNUAL VETERANS DAY PROGRAM

The twelfth annual Veterans Day program will be held Monday,
November 12, at 10:30 at the
Rochester International Event Center
near the Rochester Airport.


7333 Airport View Drive SW, Rochester, MN

This event is put on by the volunteers from the
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee, the DAV, the Civil Air Patrol,
POW/MIA Riders Association, and other volunteers.

Free breakfast, courtesy of Canadian Honker and the Event Center,
will be served from 8:30 to 10:00 followed by the program at 10:30.

The MC for this event will be the KAAL TV New Anchor, Betsy Singer

The program will include Joe Powers speaking on “Our Veterans” and Jim Sursely, Past National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Area Color and Honor Guards, Officer Carrie Koehler, a special appearance of
Drew Thoreson a recent Eagle Scout recipient, and a live rendition of Taps.
Major Frye, Commander of the Salvation Army will participate to help promote their Bell Ringing program which kicked off three days prior.

Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year so this event will be held at the
Event Center on
November 12th which is the Veterans Day Observed.

Golf Carts will furnish transportation for those
who need assistance from the parking lot.

A lot of time and effort has been spent to show our Veterans
our love and appreciation so it is hoped that people will turn out
to show their support for our Veterans.

Freedom Is Not Free

Information or directions call 289 8981


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October 2012        > > > PAVER CEREMONY
Paver ceremony at the Memorial to announce the completion of paver installation, Oct. 2012, and to honor the three pavers that honor the three fallen Rochester heroes,
Curtis Swenson, Travis Bruce and Nicholas Dickhut.

(click on a photo to enlarge)


pavers of two fallen Rochester Heroes


Gold Star families


Stowers and Dexter
by remembered paver


Swenson family
by their son's paver


VFW Honor Guard




October 2012        > > > A Few Pavers are still available
(click on a photo to enlarge)






Tilford Construction covering sections at the Memorial
that can be torn up and used for future pavers to honor Veterans.

> ONLY A FEW PAVERS ARE STILL AVAILABLE - PURCHASE NOW <


September 2012        > > > Installation of new pavers
(click on a photo to enlarge)


Lonnie Hebl
laying new pavers


Merle Peterson and STS Crew
laying new pavers


STS Crew
laying new pavers


Hight Randall Jewelers
receiving SFVM plaque

> ONLY A FEW PAVERS ARE STILL AVAILABLE - PURCHASE NOW <


July 14, 2012        > > > Progress with New/Additional Lighting at the Memorial
Volunteer electricians headed by Mike Tupper are installing the new lighting
for the pavers that have been purchased over the last two years.
The new pavers will be installed in the fall of 2012.
(click on any photo to enlarge)

Creating a trench for the wiring




Steve Olson, Steve Bernard, Mike Tupper and Tom Demarino preparing to install new lighting at the Memorial

Installation of lights - the hand digging


Equipment to install lighting


Machines used for lighting installation


Two other machines in use
for lighting installation


The Volunteer electricians who installed the new lighting... THANK YOU!



> PURCHASE ONE OR MORE PAVERS NOW <


June 25, 2012        > > > WWI Exhibition at the Memorial is open free to public

Waddell & Reed's Traveling World War I Exhibition Rolls into Rochester at the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial to Honor Veterans, Raise Funds & Awareness for National Treasures

Custom “big rig" traveling exhibit – developed in partnership with National World War I Museum -- makes 75-city tour to preserve cultural history during Waddell & Reed's 75th anniversary

Waddell & Reed Traveling WWI Exhibition and the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial is open free to public on Monday, June 25, 2012.


> VIEW ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE <


June 1, 2012        > > > We regret this delay in paver installations

It is with great regret that I must inform you that the latest group of engraved pavers will not be installed until the Fall of 2012.

I ask for your patience and understanding in this matter as our long serving vendor
has encountered some health issues that resulted in this delay.

Thank you,
Wayne Stillman
Pres. Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial


May 2012        > > > Preparing the walk for the installation of the new pavers
(click on a photo to enlarge)


Bart Stadsvold & crew installing
irrigation system


Leitzen truck pouring cement sidewalk


Leitzen Concrete truck preparing
for the pour


Installing new sidewalk
for the pavers


Bill Tilford & crew
installing sidewalk


Bill Tilford installing sidewalk


MAY 2012        > > > Installation of the new pavers has started
The installation of the new pavers has begun


Bob DeWitz - still on the job!



Chuck DeWitz - making preparations for the
new paver walkway

> PURCHASE ONE OR MORE PAVERS NOW <


MARCH 2012        > > > "Red Trees" by Rod Lee
Photos at the Memorial - Fall 2010 - provided by Rod Lee
image of Red Trees - click to start slide show

> View Slide Show <
(slides open in a new window)



MARCH 2012        > > > Good Weather for Maintenance
click on photos to enlarge

Joe Mewhorter and Tim Hanson of Keystone Caulking
applying caulking around the Memorial to insure against damage



FEBRUARY 7, 2012        > > > Rick Santorum visits the Memorial
click on photos to enlarge
photo Bob Bardwell meets Rick Santorum

Bob Bardwell meets Rick Santorum
at the Memorial
photo Peterson meets Rick Santorum

Peterson meets Rick Santorum
at the Memorial
photo Mike Parry meets Rick Santorum

Mike Parry meets Rick Santorum
at the Memorial
photo Wayne Stillman meets Rick Santorum

Wayne Stillman meets Rick Santorum
at the Memorial



DECEMBER 10, 2011        > > > Wreaths Across America

Harrington, Maine – Wreaths Across America is coming to Rochester, Minnesota on December 10, 2011. Please mark your calendar now.


The ceremony will be at the New Life Worship Center 6301 34th Ave NW, Rochester, MN, Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 11:00 to 11:45 where seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember those who gave their lives in service for our country.

All across the country at 11:00 Central time there will be similar ceremonies. We are requesting that everyone, stop for a minute of silence at 11:00 to remember and reflect.

> SEE THE FULL PRESS RELEASE <


NOVEMBER 11, 2011        > > > Veterans Day Program

The eleventh annual Veterans Day program will be held Friday, November 11, at 10:30 at New Life Worship Center, 6301 34th Ave NW Rochester, MN (Corner of Hwy 52 & 65th St NW).
This event is put on by the volunteers from the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee, the DAV, the Civil Air Patrol, POW/MIA Riders Association, New Life Worship Center and other volunteers.
Free breakfast, courtesy of Canadian Honker, will be served from 8:30 to 10:00, with entertainment from 10:00 to 10:30 and followed
by the program at 10:30.
The MC for this event will be the Morning man on "Quick Country 96.5." Alan Reed. The program will include Scott Eggert, Area Color and Honor Guards, Officer Carrie Koehler, New Life Worship kids singing, and a live rendition of Taps. The program will be participating with the Salvation Army and their Bell Ringing program which kicks off the same day.
This event will be held at the same place as previous years, the New Life Worship Center, located west of Highway 52 N., behind Kelly’s Orchids, on 65th Street. Traffic can cross the 65th Street bridge from Bandel Road or take the 75th Street off ramp from Highway 52 North, cross over the bridge and go south on west frontage road back to 65th Street and follow the Flags.
Golf Carts will furnish transportation for those who need assistance from the beginning of the driveway and also the parking lot.
A lot of time and effort has been spent to show our Veterans our love and appreciation so it is hoped that people will turn out to show their support for our Veterans.
Freedom Is Not Free.
Information or directions call 282 7201
Further information
Wayne Stillman
289 8981
> > > UPDATE: Country music group Gloriana has just been confirmed to perform at the Veteran's Day program being held at new Life Worship Center on Friday, November 11th at 10:30am.

The trio will perform "Soldier Song," off of their forthcoming second studio album. The song, written by band members Tom and Mike Gossin and multi Grammy Award winning producer Matt Serletic, was inspired by the band’s experience during their trip overseas to perform for the troops stationed in the Middle East and Europe in November.

Gloriana, who recently released their brand new single, “(Kissed You) Good Night,” will also be performing Friday night at Wicked Moose. Gloriana released their debut self-titled album in 2009 and quickly became the best-selling debut country act, winning the 2009 fan voted American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist. The album, Gloriana, spawned the Gold-certified hit single “Wild At Heart” and led to two years on the road as Taylor Swift’s opening act on her Fearless Tour where they performed in front of millions worldwide. Since then they have continued to open for some of country music’s biggest names including Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and the Zac Brown Band. In 2010, Gloriana won the Academy of Country Music’s Award for Top New Vocal Group, celebrated their first headlining tour across the country, and traveled overseas to entertain U.S. troops on bases in the Middle East and Europe.

Tickets for their performance at Wicked Moose will be available at a discount
only at the Veterans Day program.

NOVEMBER 11, 2011        > > > Veterans Day Program

The eleventh annual Veterans Day program will be held Friday, November 11, at 10:30 at New Life Worship Center, 6301 34th Ave NW Rochester, MN (Corner of Hwy 52 & 65th St NW).
This event is put on by the volunteers from the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee, the DAV, the Civil Air Patrol, POW/MIA Riders Association, New Life Worship Center and other volunteers.
Free breakfast, courtesy of Canadian Honker, will be served from 8:30 to 10:00, with entertainment from 10:00 to 10:30 and followed
by the program at 10:30.
The MC for this event will be the Morning man on "Quick Country 96.5." Alan Reed. The program will include Scott Eggert, Area Color and Honor Guards, Officer Carrie Koehler, New Life Worship kids singing, and a live rendition of Taps. The program will be participating with the Salvation Army and their Bell Ringing program which kicks off the same day.
This event will be held at the same place as previous years, the New Life Worship Center, located west of Highway 52 N., behind Kelly’s Orchids, on 65th Street. Traffic can cross the 65th Street bridge from Bandel Road or take the 75th Street off ramp from Highway 52 North, cross over the bridge and go south on west frontage road back to 65th Street and follow the Flags.
Golf Carts will furnish transportation for those who need assistance from the beginning of the driveway and also the parking lot.
A lot of time and effort has been spent to show our Veterans our love and appreciation so it is hoped that people will turn out to show their support for our Veterans.
Freedom Is Not Free.
Information or directions call 282 7201
Further information
Wayne Stillman
289 8981
> > > UPDATE: Country music group Gloriana has just been confirmed to perform at the Veteran's Day program being held at new Life Worship Center on Friday, November 11th at 10:30am.

The trio will perform "Soldier Song," off of their forthcoming second studio album. The song, written by band members Tom and Mike Gossin and multi Grammy Award winning producer Matt Serletic, was inspired by the band’s experience during their trip overseas to perform for the troops stationed in the Middle East and Europe in November.

Gloriana, who recently released their brand new single, “(Kissed You) Good Night,” will also be performing Friday night at Wicked Moose. Gloriana released their debut self-titled album in 2009 and quickly became the best-selling debut country act, winning the 2009 fan voted American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist. The album, Gloriana, spawned the Gold-certified hit single “Wild At Heart” and led to two years on the road as Taylor Swift’s opening act on her Fearless Tour where they performed in front of millions worldwide. Since then they have continued to open for some of country music’s biggest names including Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and the Zac Brown Band. In 2010, Gloriana won the Academy of Country Music’s Award for Top New Vocal Group, celebrated their first headlining tour across the country, and traveled overseas to entertain U.S. troops on bases in the Middle East and Europe.

Tickets for their performance at Wicked Moose will be available at a discount
only at the Veterans Day program.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2011        > > > Veterans' Helping hand day

Saturday September 17 starting with a program at 11:00 at the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial in Rochester and continuing all day, in conjunction with the Taste of Rochester event, there will be representatives from various offices for Veterans Affairs and Military organizations, such as Disabled American Veterans, Tri Care Insurance, Family Services, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Minnesota Dept of Veterans Affairs and others
to explain benefits and answer questions the Military and
their families past and present may have.

This is all at no cost to our Military and their families.

A van from Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) will be on hand for private counseling and assistance for Veterans. A van from the DAV will be there from 11:00 to 4:00 to assist Disabled American Veterans and their families, in confidence, with legal questions and answer questions regarding rights and benefits of Disabled American Veterans.

In remembrance of National POW MIA Day, September 16th, there will be a short program September 17th at 11:00 to honor and remember our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.

Mayor Ardell Brede will proclaim the week of September 12th
POW/MIA recognition week in Rochester.

Other tables set up include representatives from the American Legion, the VFW, the Veteran’s Employment Service, Hospice Care for Veterans, and others to assist our Military and their families in many areas.

The public and all Military past and present are encouraged to attend.

Further information

Wayne Stillman 507 289 8981

SEPTEMBER 11, 2011        > > > 10th ANNIVERSARY 9/11 REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM

10th ANNIVERSARY 9/11 REMEMBRANCE PROGRAM

Date: Sunday, September 11th, 2011
Time: 1:00pm
Place: New Life Worship Center
6301 34th Ave. NW. Rochester MN. 55901
507-282-7201
> www.newlifewc.org <

This Event will involve the Public Safety Personnel of the City of Rochester and surrounding counties. The entire program is dedicated to the purpose of "NEVER FORGETTING" those who died on 9/11, and those who gave their lives as "1st Responders", to save them. The program is a fast moving "Tribute" to those who continue to serve our communities today, in times of Emergencies. Over 30 Emergency Agencies have been contacted to participate. It is the goal of this event, to Honor and show our appreciation to those who serve and protect us.

Complimentary coffee and lemonade will be available.
The public is encouraged to attend at no cost.
For more information, call 507-282-7201
or
check out the website at > www.newlifewc.org <
FALLEN but not FORGOTTEN
Further information, contact Phil Shaw at 282-7201

SPECIAL DONATIONS RECIEVED        > > > THANK YOU!

photo
John Roseboom and Mark Nelson presenting checks for
$1000.00 each to the Veterans Memorial
from a golf tournament they sponsored.


THANK YOU
from the Memorial Committee for these very generous donations!

PRESS RELEASE JUNE 27, 2011        > > > LAST OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN A PAVER AT THE MEMORIAL

The Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee announced the addition of 420 pavers that will be installed at the Veterans Memorial in Rochester. It is the opinion of the committee that this will finally be the last chance to honor a Veteran at the Memorial.

The pavers will be installed in a sidewalk that will go the storage shed southwest of the Memorial. Along the sidewalks will be granite pillars with the pictures and stories of the top 15 medals that are awarded for heroic service. This walkway will not only be educational but will also serve to make equipment necessary for a program at the Memorial more readily available.

It is recommended that anyone interested in honoring a Veteran to order ASAP because they will be installed on a first come first serve basis.

In addition to the 420 pavers for Veterans the committee has decided to make available to a select few businesses 2’ by 2’ pavers that can be purchased for $1,000.00, which is fully tax deductible.

A paver for a Veteran can be ordered by printing the following information on a piece of paper; Name, branch of service, and conflict when served or year entered service.

Mail information to: Veterans Memorial
201 4th St SE, Rm 150
Rochester, MN 55904
along with a tax deductible check for $350.00
or
> order on line <

If needed the paver can be ordered with $50.00 down and $25.00 per month payments but it is stressed that payments must be sent in without waiting for notice because the SFVM is not set up for billing.
Information can be found here or by calling
Scott Eggert at 536 3333.

Further information Wayne Stillman 289 8981

Sunday June 5th        > > > SILENT AUCTION, CRAFT SALE AND BAKE SALE

Sunday June 5th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The International Event Center located by the Rochester Airport

Free Admission
Proceeds to benefit Pastor Phil Shaw

Pastor Shaw, Pastor of New Life Worship Center, is known for his dedication to our Veterans and indeed to anyone that has come in contact with him. We have worked with him many years on the following: Tribute to the Troops, Veterans Day programs, Support the Troops Rallies, Honor Flight, Wreaths Across America and other programs benefiting Veterans since 1995.

He is there, with his congregation, to assist whenever he is asked. For sixteen years Pastor Shaw has worked to honor and remember our Veterans with no thought of reward for himself.

It is now time for the community to band together and show him how we respect and appreciate all he has done.

A group of volunteers including members from Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee, VFW Post 1215, American Legion Post 92, Disabled American Veterans, New Life Worship Center, Korean War Club, Canadian Honker and others are having a Silent Auction, Craft & Home Party Sales with much more and a Bake Sale for the benefit of Pastor Phil Shaw.

The Silent Auction will have over 100 items, including gift certificates, gift baskets, as well as many bake sale items.

Pastor Shaw had a major accident which will require a long term recovery and there is no way that insurance will cover it all.

Please make checks to: Pastor Shaw or VFW Post 1215 with a note on check “Pastor Shaw” and send to:

VFW Post 1215,
16 6th St SW,
Rochester, MN 55902

or

American Legion
315 1st Ave NW,
Rochester, MN 55901

Further information contact: Wayne Stillman 289 8981


December 2010         > > > UPDATE >> WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Terry Throndson, Gene Enos, Gail Kepart and Civil Air Patrol cadets installed the ceremonial wreaths on a star at the Veterans Memorial in Rochester. Wreaths will also be placed at the entrance of the other cemeteries in Rochester to remember our Veterans who are laid in eternal rest there.

It was with great sorrow and regret that the Wreaths across America had to be cancelled because of the terrible winter storm. Mistakes were made in shipping causing the wreaths that would be placed on the Veterans graves to not be shipped to Rochester this year. The Worcester Wreath Company donates the ceremonial Armed Forces wreaths in this worldwide program that occurs on the second Saturday each year and feels very badly that the sponsored wreaths did not get shipped out so they have graciously offered to double our shipment next year at no charge.


The generous people of the Rochester area had sponsored 204 wreaths so that means next year we will start with 408 wreaths to be placed on Veterans graves in Rochester. That is only a small start toward the goal of a wreath on every Veterans resting place which totals nearly 3000 graves.

A lot of discussion went into the decision that had to be made quickly and it was decided that doing the wreaths this year would be very expensive for the Worcester Wreath Company and doing the program and laying of the wreaths later than the National program would be like forgetting to fly our Flag at half staff on Memorial Day so deciding to fly it the following week.

We trust that everyone understands the decision that was made and the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial and the Civil Air Patrol look forward to making this very important program bigger each year.

December 11, 2010         > > > WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Harrington, Maine – Wreaths Across America is coming to Rochester, Minnesota on December 11, 2010. Please mark your calendar now.

The ceremony will be at the Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 3rd Ave SW, Rochester, MN, next to Veterans Memorial, December 11, 2010 from 11:00 to 11:45 where seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember those who gave their lives in service for our country.

All across the country at 11:00 Central time there will be similar ceremonies.

We are requesting that everyone, stop for a minute of silence at 11:00 to remember and reflect.

Specially made wreaths for Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA will be placed during a short program, which will include Posting of the Colors and taps followed by a walk across the street to the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial where the wreaths will be placed in the Memorial with a short ten minute ceremony.


> read the complete press release <

Wayne Stillman
289 8981

November 10, 2010         > > > TRAVELING EXHIBIT

Kahler Hotel is hosting the Traveling Exhibit about
Midwest Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany
to be in Rochester November 10th.


The BUS-eum will be in Rochester
from 9:00 AM/ to 1:00 PM on Wed, Nov 10 2010; at the Peace Plaza
and from 3:00 to 7:00 it will be at the VFW Post 1215, 16 6th St SW.

Russ Gunvalson, a former POW, will be at the Peace Plaza from noon until 1:00 and then at the VFW from 5:00 until 6:00. The VFW is hosting the celebration of the 235th Marine Corps birthday.  Everyone, especially members of all the branches of the Armed Forces, is invited to join the Marines in this celebration.

Hardly anyone alive today is aware that the first U.S. troops sent to fight in WWII came from the Midwest, or that the region’s 34th “Red Bull” Division served the longest uninterrupted duty in U.S. military history—about 600 days. Even fewer know that, as some 1,800, mostly Midwest soldiers, were captured in one night in North Africa in February 1943, until the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 the most U.S. POWs in Nazi-German camps came, per capita, from the same region.

An exhibit which explores the experiences of Midwest prisoners of war (POWs) captured in Hitler’s Third Reich, and the human context in which their experiences took place is currently set to tour Nebraska this fall. The exhibit is called "Behind Barbed Wire" and has been seen in over 20 different states and by thousands of individuals. The St. Paul-based, non-profit educational organization TRACES created this exhibit. The exhibit, housed in a converted school bus, will reach as many communities as possible on it's way across the state.

“Behind Barbed Wire” poses five primary questions:

  1. why did some Midwest POWs survive certain conditions or experiences, while others did not,
  2. what roles did art, free time and religion play in helping those men who did survive imprisonment by the Nazi regime,
  3. why did some Germans or Austrians assist Midwest POWs, while others did not,
  4. how did the liberated POWs later come to terms with their own experiences, and
  5. how do countries once in armed conflict reconcile with each other: how do nations and the individuals who constitute a nation get beyond war?

As the opening panel of the exhibit reminds viewers, “The prisoner of war experience is one few men or women know directly. Being taken prisoner is, in itself, neither dishonorable nor heroic. Capture is largely an accident; often, it comes as a complete surprise and is frequently accompanied by injury. Usually, the confinement is painful; too often, it is fatal. In war, not everyone is lucky: some lose. Those taken captive are part of the unlucky ones.”

As the exhibit’s first text explains, “There were three main waves of Midwest POWs: those captured in North Africa in 1943, those pilots shot out of the sky during the air war over Europe, and those soldiers captured at the Battle of the Bulge, near the war’s end. Each wave of Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany had its own experiences. All of the men who survived them, however, left a provocative legacy for those alive today—one involving the very nature of war itself: how does armed conflict between groups of people play out, face-to-face, when the guns are lowered; how ‘should’ humans treat each other and, ultimately, live together?”

Further information:
Wayne Stillman
289 8981
November 11, 2010         > > > VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION

Veterans Chad and Dana Stowers will be the featured speakers at the tenth annual Veterans Day program to be held Thursday, November 11, at 10:30 at New Life Worship Center,
6301 34th Ave NW Rochester, MN (Corner of Hwy 52 & 65th St NW).

This event is put on by the volunteers from the
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee,
the DAV,
the Patriot Guard Riders and
New Life Worship Center.

Free breakfast, courtesy of Canadian Honker, will be served from 8:30 to 10:00, followed by the program at 10:30.
The MC for this event will be
John Wade, President of Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.
The program will include Area Color and Honor Guards and
a variety of fine entertainment.

This event will be held at the same place as previous years, the New Life Worship Center, located west of Highway 52 N., behind Kelly’s Orchids, on 65th Street. Traffic can cross the 65th Street bridge from Bandel Road or take the 75th Street off ramp from Highway 52 North, cross over the bridge and go south on west frontage road back to 65th Street and follow the Flags. Golf Carts will furnish transportation for those who need it from the beginning of the driveway.

A lot of time and effort has been spent to show our Veterans our love and appreciation so it is hoped that people will turn out to show their support for our Veterans.

Freedom Is Not Free.

Information or directions call 282 7201

Further information: Wayne Stillman 289 8981
Nov 21st and Nov 27th, 2010         > > > TWO VFW FUNDRAISERS

The Rochester VFW Post 1215 is having two fund raisers to benefit
Operation Hometown Gratitude,
for expenses to mail packages to our troops deployed overseas and
SE Minnesota Honor Flight,
to send our WW II Veterans, at no cost to them, to Washington DC
to see their Memorial.

Sunday November 21st from 8:00 to 1:00 there will be a breakfast
of Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, biscuits and gravy, and juices
and milk for a cost of $3.00

On Saturday Nov 27th they are having a spaghetti dinner
from 4:00 to 8:00 for a cost of $5.00.

 

Further information
Chad Stowers
289 6299

 


October 6, 2010         > > > NEW Memorial Web site

We are pleased to announce our new Web site for
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.

The objectives were to make navigation of the site easier to use
and to enable you to locate any Veteran's name
at the Memorial with ONE search.

To locate any Veteran's name at the Memorial, go to
the "Veterans Honored Here" page.

This page will enable you to enter the last name of a Veteran and see everywhere the Veteran's name appears at the Memorial.
Veterans names are located on the Wall of Remembrance, on the
Walk of Remembrance, on "tree pavers" adjacent to
the Trees of Remembrance and on special dedications (benches).

This one search function now includes all of these areas
(previously three separate searches were required and
these searches did not include the special dedications).

Another interesting addition to the site are images of all the special dedications at the Memorial. This includes the large pavers at the east and west entrances to the Memorial, the benches and the statues.
These may be viewed on the "Special Dedication" tabs found on
"The Memorial" page and on "The Veterans" page.

Additional improvements have been made to provide better
directions to get to the Memorial.
Location & Map

Work is underway at this time to add additional information about every Veteran whose name is on the Wall of Remembrance. This research work is not expected to be completed until early 2011.

This Web site is dedicated to the Memorial Committee
who made the Veterans' Memorial what it is today.

Thank you for visiting.

 


September 29, 2010         > > > The SUBMARINE FORCE in World War II

David Farran sent in the following information:

"At the end of the war, U.S. submarines had scored the most complete victory in the war. Comprising just 1.6 percent of the U.S. Navy, U.S. submarines sank 30 percent of the Japanese Imperial Navy including eight aircraft carriers, one battleship, and eleven cruisers. More importantly, the Submarine Force sank 2,400 merchant ships totaling 4.9 million tons. Having destroyed 60 percent of the Japanese merchant marine, the Submarine Force imposed a veritable stranglehold on Japan, choking off its economy.

In the final months of the war, American submarines had difficulty finding targets because there were virtually no enemy ships left to sink. The SILENT VICTORY was complete.

The SILENT VICTORY came with a heavy price. During World War II, the U.S. Submarine Force suffered the highest loss rate of the U.S. armed forces. Of the 16,000 U.S. men serving in submarines
during the war, 375 officers, 3,131 enlisted men, and 52 submarines were lost."
More information is available > MORE <     (111 KB pdf document)

(We are most grateful to David Farran for his Service, his comments regarding his visit to the Memorial and for the information he provided above.
The Memorial Committee is considering adding this information
to the Narratives in the future.)


September 10, 2010         > > > Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT - UPDATE

Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT
web site: SEMNHonorFlight.org

Rose Welke, chairwoman of the VFW Post 1215’s Honor Flight fund raiser this past Saturday, has announced it was a huge success. They raised $1,149.00, which is enough to send two of our World War II Veterans to Washington DC to see their Memorial.

The public is encouraged to attend and support the next event the VFW is hosting for the Honor Flight. The VFW, 16 6th St SW Rochester, is having a breakfast this Sunday, Sept 19th to continue raising funds to support the Honor Flight program. They will be serving from 8:00 until gone a breakfast of Pancakes, Egg Bakes, Sausage links, Biscuits & Gravy, and juice, coffee and milk for $5.00.

According to Wayne Stillman, President of Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, these fund raisers are very important for the Honor Flight program. The money raised by these types of programs and donations is what supports the program and allows our members of the “Greatest Generation” to see the Memorial that was built to honor their service and the sacrifices they made.

Further information: Rose Welke 282 2830 home 255 5287

If you could support any of these Southeastern MN Honor Flights, please send your tax deductible check to:

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial (mark it “Honor Flight”)
201 4th St SE, RM 150,
Rochester, MN 55904

August 16, 2010         > > > PAVERS ARE AVAILABLE - note PHONE NUMBER change < < <


Anyone who served honorable, or is serving, in the US Armed Forces
or its Allies from the Revolutionary War to the present time is eligible.


Anyone wishing to honor a Veteran by placing a paver at the
Veterans Memorial may do so now.


image of sample pavers
(examples of current Walkway Pavers at the Memorial)

For more information -
go to: >
Purchase a Paver <


August 2010         > > > Parkshore Senior Campus at the Memorial < < <

WELCOME to PARKSHORE SENIOR CAMPUS from the TWIN CITIES

Thank you for visiting the Memorial.


image of sample pavers

> click on photo to enlarge <



July 2010          > > > FIRST WEDDING HELD AT MEMORIAL < < <

CONGRATULATIONS to

Mr. & Mrs. Wiskow


Michael and Nicole are the first couple
to be married at the Memorial.

Best wishes from the Memorial Committee



July 19, 2010          > > > PAVER LOCATOR JUST UPDATED < < <

The pavers recently installed on the walkway to the cannons (Sections 128 through 140)
are now included in the online Paver Locator.

To find the location of any paver at the Memorial, use the Paver Locator >here

You can enter the name of the Veteran and the Paver Locator will give you the section number where the paver is located.
You can also enter the Paver Section number and see all the Veterans within that Section.

(if any errors are found, please send a note to: info@SoldiersFieldMemorial.org with corrections)


WELCOME BYRON SCHOOL - - - VISITED THE MEMORIAL JUNE 2010



Wayne Stillman and Rod Lee conduct tour of Veterans Memorial to 112 Byron School kids.

Shown with Lee and Stillman are:
Halie Staloch, Julia Connelly, Parker Gray and Isaac Glynn.


SFVM Committee Members regularly conduct tours of the Memorial
to groups and students.

Contact us for more information.



July 17, 2010          > > > RAFFLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED < < <



AIR FORCE

Drawing Winner: Rich Macrafic






ARMY

Drawing Winner: Dick Denny






NAVY

Drawing Winner: R. Sundt




MARINES

Drawing Winner: Chad Pestoriaus



TWENTY DOLLAR Winners:



Tom Schwalen, Dan Anderson, Paul Leska

C. Zaborowski, Rich Ramaker, Rachel Imbrock

Curt Herman, Vern Meister, Dennis Daherty

Don Benson, Paul Gunderson, Arlene Noonan


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!!!

Thanks to everyone that sold tickets.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!




OPERATION WELCOME HOME at Ironwood Christian Ranch


WELCOME HOME!


Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT TO FLY WW II VETERANS ON
APRIL 3, 2010 and MAY 15, 2010 and possibly in October (date not set)

Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT
Web site: SEMNHonorFlight.org
Poster: View Here

On May 29, 2004, President Bush dedicated the World War II Memorial to honor “The Greatest Generation.” Regrettably, very few of these veterans have the funds or physical stamina to complete a conventional trip to Washington, D.C. on their own.

It is the intention of Honor Flight to honor as many of these selfless “ordinary people who saved the world” as we can by providing them a FREE trip to visit their memorial. Honor Flight operates on donations from organizations and individuals. Honor Flight provides trained “guardians” who personally escort the veterans on the aircraft and accompany them to the memorials throughout the day. Guardians pay their own way.

Honor Flight has safely transported thousands of veterans as guests of Honor Flight from all across the United States. To assist disabled veterans, Honor Flight provides oxygen, wheelchairs and scooters as needed. The flights, deluxe bus tour service, tee shirts, scooters, wheel-chairs, oxygen, meals and other amenities are provided FREE to our veteran heroes.

More Information Is Available:
Web site: www.semnhonorflight.org
or call Harry Kerr at (507) 281-0416
or call Ted Adams at (507) 282-2449
or call Peter Mathias at (507) 251-4557

If you could support any of these Southeastern MN Honor Flights, please send your tax deductible check to:

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial (mark it “Honor Flight”)
201 4th St SE, RM 150,
Rochester, MN 55904

To Participate or to Contribute - View: The Poster *
(* pdf format requires Adobe Acrobat to view)

Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT
SECOND TRIP of 2009 TO FLY WW II VETS ON OCTOBER 10, 2009

Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT
Web site: SEMNHonorFlight.org
SECOND TRIP in 2009 TO FLY WW II VETS ON October 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The National Honor Flight program is spreading its wings.  The SECOND Southeastern Minnesota Honor Flight in 2009 will take to the skies with WWII veterans from Southeast Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and Northern Iowa.  Their destination will be Washington D. C., where they will personally tour America’s “Thank You” for their service, their World War II Memorial. 

More Information Is Available:
web site: http://www.honorflight.org
or call Harry Kerr at (507) 281-0416
or call Ted Adams at (507) 282-2449
or call Peter Mathias at (507) 251-4557

If you could support this SECOND Southeastern MN Honor Flight, please send your tax deductible check to:

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial (mark it “Honor Flight”)
201 4th St SE, RM 150,
Rochester, MN 55904

To Participate or to Contribute - Read: The Press Release *
(* pdf format requires Adobe Acrobat to view)

American Memorials in Western Europe


American Memorials throughout Western Europe

( view the photos )



February 5, 2009: Scott Eggert presents check to Mayor Ardell Brede


Scott Eggert, director of Shorewood Senior Campus and member of Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, presents a $22,838.94 check to Mayor Ardell Brede to cover maintenance costs of the Veterans Memorial for 2008.

The maintenance fund had a large investment shortfall in 2008 so there were no earnings to cover the costs. The continuing support of the Memorial through donations and the sale of additional pavers, which Scott is in charge of, enabled the committee to pick up the expense for last year.

( click on photo to enlarge )

(L to R) Scott Eggert presenting check to Mayor Ardell Brede


Pavers can be purchased, with installation planned for late summer of 2009, by contacting

Scott Eggert at 507 536 3333

For more information - see: Purchase a Paver

Thank you for your support of the Memorial

NEW Patriotic CD NOW AVAILABLE - LOCAL ARTISTS


Patriotic CD consisting of twenty five songs performed by local artists:

Tom Overlie, Cynthia Dario Good, Raul Jalmasco,
Carla Thelen Hanson, Erik Rohde, Bruce Rohde and Jane Belau
.

graphic image of CD cover

(click on cover image above for more information)

$15.00 plus $3.00 shipping.

Make check payable to Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial and mail to
201 4th St SE Rm 150
Rochester, MN 55904

Or, this special CD can be purchased at the following locations:

Throndson Oil
the Mayo Gift store in the Gonda Building
the gift shop at Charter House
The Christian Book and Gift
St. Marys Hospital gift shop
The Dove
and
Christof Bookcenter at Autumn Ridge Church



Thank you for your support

21 August 2010          > > >FUNDRAISER FOR SAFE HAVEN PET RESCUE < < <

Press Release:


Event: Fundraiser for Safe Haven Pet Rescue in conjunction with VFW Post 1215 Color Guard.

Event Type: Cookout. Grilled or Deep Fried Hamburgers and Corn.

Date & Time: 21 August 2010 From 3 – 8 pm

Location: VFW Post 1215, 16 6th St SW, Rochester, MN

Cost: $5 per plate.

Proceeds will go to support Safe Haven Pet Rescue of Rochester, Minnesota.



Further info - call: VFW Post 1215 – 507-289-6818



SE Minnesota Honor Flight RAFFLE - Drawing on July 17th



AIR FORCE



ARMY



NAVY



MARINES


The S E Minnesota Honor Flight is raffling off a double fleece blanket about 4' X 5' of the
Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force branch of the Armed Forces.

All proceeds go to SE Minnesota Honor Flight, which sends our WW II Veterans to
Washington DC to see their Memorial.

There will be only 100 tickets sold for $5.00 each for each blanket and there will be a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th prize of $20.00 each. Drawing will be held July 17th at 1:00 PM at the American Legion Post 92, Rochester, MN.

Winners need not be present to win.

To order a ticket send 5.00 for each ticket, stating which Armed Forces blanket you wish to support.
Make check to Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial and mail to
201 4th St SE, Room 150
Rochester, MN 55904

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!




SPECIAL PROGRAM - 10th Anniversary of the dedication of the Memorial


Saturday June 26th at 2:00 PM there will be a special program at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, 300 7th St SW, Rochester.
This program is to remember the tenth Anniversary of the dedication of the Memorial.

A replica of The Tomb of the Unknowns, AKA Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, will be on display at the Memorial from noon Saturday to noon Sunday and there will be a short installation ceremony at 12:30.

The program at 2:00 will include:
The 34th Infantry (Red Bull Division) Band performing patriotic
music before and during the program.
Special talk by Harry Kerr, combat Veteran and charter member of
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.
VFW Post 1215 Color posting colors and firing rifle volley.
Reading of a poem written especially for this occasion by
Jane Belau, Poet Laureate of SFVM.
Food will be available on site from 11:00 to 5:00 from the
Knights of Columbus, Assembly 548.

We ask that you do not park at Zumbro Lutheran Church
but across the street from the church.

For further information Wayne Stillman 289 8981



Installation of Additional Pavers has Started



Construction has started to install pavers in the fall of 2009.
Chuck DeWitz on bobcat while Bob DeWitz and Merle Peterson supervise.


For more information - see: Purchase a Paver

 



Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT
SECOND TRIP of 2009 TO FLY WW II VETS ON OCTOBER 10, 2009

Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT
web site: SEMNHonorFlight.org
SECOND TRIP in 2009 TO FLY WW II VETS ON October 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The National Honor Flight program is spreading its wings.  The SECOND Southeastern Minnesota Honor Flight in 2009 will take to the skies with WWII veterans from Southeast Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and Northern Iowa.  Their destination will be Washington D. C., where they will personally tour America’s “Thank You” for their service, their World War II Memorial. 

More Information Is Available:
web site: http://www.honorflight.org
or call Harry Kerr at (507) 281-0416
or call Ted Adams at (507) 282-2449
or call Peter Mathias at (507) 251-4557

If you could support this SECOND Southeastern MN Honor Flight, please send your tax deductible check to:

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial (mark it “Honor Flight”)
201 4th St SE, RM 150,
Rochester, MN 55904

To Participate or to Contribute - Read: The Press Release *
(* pdf format requires Adobe Acrobat to view)

Installation of Additional Pavers has Started



Construction has started to install pavers in the fall of 2009.
Chuck DeWitz on bobcat while Bob DeWitz and Merle Peterson supervise.


For more information - see: Purchase a Paver




THANK YOU to the J.A.Wedum Foundation for their support to Honor Flight.


Scott Eggert of Shorewood Senior Campus and Kathleen Hanson of J.A. Wedum Foundation present checks for $34,123.00 and $5,000.00 to Harry Kerr of the Honor Flight.

The check is a result of J.A.Wedum Foundation matching funds that Scott Eggert and the Shorewood Senior Campus staff raised during a fund raiser in September.

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(L to R) Harry Kerr,
Ted Adams,
Kathleen Hansen,
Pete Mathias
Ted Adams,
Pete Mathias,
Kathleen Hansen
THANK YOU!
Scott Eggert,
Mike Gould,
Kathleen Hansen,
Harry Kerr

May 22, 2009: Rod Lee at Longfellow School


Rod Lee holding a jar of money collected for Honor Flight
from kids at Longfellow School.

They collected a total of $382.00 in a jar that weighed about 30 pounds.

Great Work - Thank You


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Pastor Phil Shaw receives the Mayor's Medal of Honor December 9 2008.


Pastor Phil Shaw of New Life Worship Center, our partner in Veterans programs, receives the Mayor's Medal of Honor on December 9 2008.

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Pastor Phil Shaw at the Mayor's Medal of Honor ceremony
Pastor Phil Shaw and his wife Faith
Pastor Shaw and Mayor Ardell Brede

We congratulate Pastor Shaw and thank him for all the work and support he and his Church give for our Veterans.


February 5, 2009: THANK YOU to Peoples Cooperative Services


On Thursday, February 5, 2009 – Kathy Sveen, Operation Round Up® Board Chair presented a donation to SE Minnesota Honor Flight.

Operation Round Up® funds are generated through voluntary rounding up of cooperative members’ electric bills to the nearest dollar. These tax deductible donations are placed into a trust fund, governed by a separate Board of Trustees. Program participation has grown from 1,180 accounts to currently over 14,500 accounts. Monthly contributions on an individual account could be anywhere from one cent to nine-ninety cents. Small change making a big difference.

A Board of Trustees comprised of seven People’s Cooperative members provides oversight to the Operation Round Up® program. Program funds are held separately from People’s finances. An increase in participation means an increase in contributions, amounting in more funding available.

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Pete Mathias (L) and Ted Adams (R) representing SE MN Honor Flight
receiving the donation from Kathy Sveen, Operation Round Up® Chair

Our thanks and appreciation to

People's Cooperative
Services


for your support to the SE Minnesota Honor Flight


( view press release ) 70KB pdf file


JULY 4, 2009 - The Traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

( available now: view the photos from this event )

Rochester Downtown Alliance
&
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Committee

Presents

The Traveling
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

At The
Downtown Peace Plaza
1st Ave and 1st St SW Rochester, MN.

The Memorial, along with a caisson will arrive at noon Friday
 and be on display until noon on Sunday, Day & Night, Rain or Shine

July 4th –   4:00 pm Program

 Including Wreath Laying and guest speaker from The Old Guard

Here Rests
In Honored Glory
An American Soldier
Known But To God


A Very Special Thank You to our sponsors:

Ken Zubay Sr. - DOUBLETREE Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn - Perkins Restaurants of Rochester
J P Zubay City Market - Kahler Grand Hotel - Michael's Restaurant - Pannekoeken Restaurants
   Throndson Oil & LP Co. - MN Patriot Guard - American Legion Post 92 - VFW Post 1215
Rochester Police and Fire Dept. - Olmsted County Sheriff’s Dept. - Rochester Park Dept.
MN State Patrol - Perkins Restaurants of Rochester
Elks Lodge 1091 - Renning’s Flowers - Macken Funeral Home

and all who volunteered to make this event happen.


Wreaths Across America coming to Rochester, Minnesota
on December 13, 2008


The ceremony will be held again this year at the
New Life Worship Center
6301 34th Ave NW
Rochester Minnesota


on December 13, 2008 from 11:00 to 11:45

where seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember those who gave their lives in service for our country.

All across the country at 11:00 Central time there
will be similar ceremonies.

We are requesting that everyone, stop for a minute of silence
at 11:00 to remember and reflect.


image of Wreaths Across America

The complete press release: Wreaths Across America


Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT
SECOND TRIP TO FLY WW II VETS ON OCTOBER 8, 2008

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Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT
SECOND TRIP TO FLY WW II VETS ON October 8, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The National Honor Flight program is spreading its wings.  The SECOND Southeastern Minnesota Honor Flight will take to the skies with WWII veterans from Southeast Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and Northern Iowa.  Their destination will be Washington D. C., where they will personally tour America’s “Thank You” for their service, their World War II Memorial.    

If you could support this SECOND Southeastern Honor Flight, please send your tax deductible check to:

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial (mark it “Honor Flight”)
201 4th St SE, RM 150,
Rochester, MN 55904

To Participate or to Contribute - Read: The Press Release

Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT
INITIAL TRIP TO FLY WW II VETERANS ON April 19 2008

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Southeastern Minnesota HONOR FLIGHT
INITIAL TRIP TO FLY WW II VETS ON April 19 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The National Honor Flight program is spreading its wings.  The first Southeastern Minnesota Honor Flight will take to the skies with WWII veterans from Southeast Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and Northern Iowa.  Their destination will be Washington D. C., where they will personally tour America’s “Thank You” for their service, their World War II Memorial.    

To Participate or to Contribute - Read: The Press Release

VIEW PHOTOS
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Travel to DC
Arrival in DC
Veterans touring Memorials
Welcome Home all VETERANS!

"Wreaths Across America" ABC 6 NEWS Coverage

Our thanks and appreciation to ABC 6 NEWS
for their coverage of the ceremony on December 15, 2007



Read: Wreaths Across America (also view the video)

Read: Pawlenty Honors Vets in Rochester (also view the video)

"Wreaths Across America" coming to Rochester, Minnesota on December 15, 2007

Harrington, Maine – Wreaths Across America coming to
Rochester, Minnesota on December 15, 2007

The ceremony this year at the New Life Worship Center, 6301 34th Ave NW on December 15, 2007 from 11:00 to 11:45 where seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember those who gave their lives in service for our country.

All across the country at 12:00 Central time there will be similar ceremonies. We are requesting that everyone, stop for a minute of silence at 12:00 to remember and reflect. Specially made wreaths for Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines and POW/MIA will be placed during a short program followed by a caravan to the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial where the wreaths will be placed in the Memorial with a short ten minute ceremony.

The ceremony at New Life Worship will include Posting of the Colors by VFW Post 1215 and taps. Families of all branches of the service will be represented and everyone is encouraged to attend to honor those who have fought to defend our freedoms.

image Wreaths Across America

December 15 will mark the 16th anniversary of Maine wreaths being donated to decorate the graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, where over 1000 volunteers honor our nation’s heroes by placing wreaths on their grave stones. This is the second year of a national campaign dubbed Wreaths Across America that will bring the same remembrance wreaths to over 230 National and State Veterans cemeteries and memorials across the nation.

All of these specially made wreaths are donated by Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine. The full story can be seen and heard on line at the below Wreaths Across America Web site In addition to these ceremonial wreaths U.S. Civil Air Patrol has joined with Wreaths Across America to promote sponsored wreaths from the general public that also will be laid on Veterans graves across the country.

If you would like to sponsor a wreath please call
Wayne Stillman at 507 289 8981 for more information.

Sponsors can also donate on line at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org or www.cap.gov/visitors/donations

Veterans Day - Rochester - November 11, 2007

There will be a Veterans Day program preceded by a free breakfast
on Sunday, November 11, 2007.

Location: New Life Worship Center at intersection of 65th Street and Highway 52 North

Breakfast: from 8:30 to 10:00 am courtesy of Canadian Honker Restaurant

Program: from 10:30 to 11:30 am with Tim Walz and
Governor Tim Pawlenty as featured speakers, introduction by Dave Senjem,
also Color Guards, entertainment, moment of silence at 11:00 and taps.

For additional information, call 289 - 8981

(following link added 12/04/07)

View photos from the 2007 Veterans Day program


More Than You Know - September 27, 2007

The Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial was selected for
Rochester’s More Than You Know category of “Known at Night.”

photo
(click photo to enlarge)

Pictured are Steve Skogen and Rich Peterson of KROC Radio, and Wayne Stillman Memorial Chairman (center) accepting the award given by
the Rochester Convention Bureau.

(photo courtesy of Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Announcing the “9-11 Service Appreciation” program on Tuesday, Sept 11, 2007

There will be a “9-11 Service Appreciation” program, at the Rochester Veterans Memorial, Tuesday, Sept 11 from 5:00 to 8:00, followed by a candle light ceremony.

We will serve MRE’s (Meals Ready To Eat) for $15.00 to civilians. The MRE’s are what are troops eat while in the field and are great for emergencies or for camping, boating or traveling.

All Sheriff’s personnel, Police personnel, Firefighters, First Responders, and Military who have served since 9-11-01 within a fifty mile radius of Rochester will be served FREE pork sandwiches, potato salad etc. There will also be Hot Dogs for the kids, Pepsi, Water, coffee and cookies for sale.

Come down and meet the people who are on the front lines protecting us and eat what the troops are eating.

Food, music and companionship from 5:00 to 8:00.

Fox 102.5 will furnish the music and selected interviews.

This is a program to show our appreciation for everyone who has served since 9-11-01 and also a fund raiser for Veterans Hospice Care for room and board at Seasons Hospice.

Room and board are not covered by VA benefits, Medicare or most insurance so this is a way of thanking our Veterans, whom we owe so much. A presentation of a $10,000.00 check for V4V will be presented by DAV representatives.

All first responders, troops, etc from a fifty mile radius of Rochester will also be eligible for attendance prizes.

 

Wayne Stillman, the Chairman of the Memorial Committee, Receives National Award

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Wayne Stillman, Chairman of the Memorial Committee
Award Ceremony in Washington D.C.

Bonnie Kottschade, DAR local President
Madam President General of the National DAR
Wayne Stillman and Carol Stillman

Photo taken in a meeting room at the National DAR Headquarters, about two blocks from the White House.
(a meeting room where every President of the United States has held meetings when they want privacy)

( see additional information below )


JUST ADDED to the SFVM web site

Just added - an additional "search" feature to enable you to quickly search this site for
a specific news item, an event in history or a name.

We invite you to give this new feature a "test drive."

SEARCH SITE

This new search feature is also available under the "News" navigation menu.
Please note that the Wall of Remembrance and the walkway Pavers are NOT included in this search.
On the page for the Wall of Remembrance and the Walk of Remembrance, you will find
special search options for these areas of the site.

NOW AVAILABLE: The new Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Magazine

The new Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Magazine, priced at $5.00 will go on sale
Monday the 18th at the Rochester Fest booth
with all proceeds going to deserving Veterans or Veterans affairs.

The book contains the names and location of all pavers, wall names and tree pavers. There are several articles from local leaders and contains the full development history of the Memorial, including pictures from the start of the Memorial to the present. There also are many informative articles including proper care and etiquette of the American Flag, the story of the US Air Force and songs written especially for the Memorial.

Please send check for $7.00 (Memorial Magazine & postage) to:
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial
201 4th St SE
Rochester, MN 55904


Or pick up your copy at:

City Market
212 - 1st Ave SW, Rochester, MN.
or
Eagle Drug Store
23 - 2nd Street SW, Rochester, MN.
(one block from the Mayo Clinic)
or
Throndson Oil & LP Gas Co.
2525 Schuster Ln NW, Rochester, MN.

see Other Locations where the Magazine is Available

view Memorial Magazine cover

Further information:

Wayne Stillman 289 8981


Wayne Stillman, the Chairman of the Memorial Committee, Receives National Award

Wayne Stillman has been recognized for his contributions and leadership by the
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

This nationwide, First Place Community Service Award will be presented to Wayne Stillman at a special ceremony during a meeting of the Continental Congress of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution),
on June 30th, 2007 in Washington, D.C.

"This is the first time that anyone from Minnesota has won these awards," Stillman said.
"I am not going for me but to represent all of southeast Minnesota and everyone
that put time and effort into this project."


Wayne Stillman, the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee chairman, had previously won the Rochester award, the statewide award and the North Central Division awards. The annual awards recognize deserving people for outstanding achievements in educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, conservation of citizenship endeavors. The award is presented to a person who gives voluntary contributions to his or her community. Stillman was nominated by the Rochester Chapter DAR.

Wayne, from your colleagues and friends - CONGRATULATIONS - well deserved!

(excerpts from the Rochester Post Bulletin)
view Post Bulletin article

Terry Throndson and Scott Strain clean Cannons at Memorial to prepare for Memorial Day.





Terry Throndson power washes the Memorial to prepare for Memorial Day..




 The most important part of the SFVM Committee...



The most important part of the SFVM Committee:

The wives of the members who without their help the committee would be lost.



 An Airman, A Medal, and 61 Years: Sergeant John W. Ahern

This article was originally written for and published in the 452nd Bomb Group Reunion Association’s newsletter
provided by Mike Walsh

( link to article )


 Dedication of the WWII Soldier statue on Sept 24, 2005

Dedication of WWII Soldier statue was held on Sept 24, 2005. The dedication was led by Rod Lee with Craig Qualey-Fisher as the main speaker.

The funds for the WW II Soldier statue that is located at 6th St and 2nd Ave SW were donated by Gus Chafoulias, Rodney Young and Jim McPeek. The concrete work for the base was donated by Bill Tilford Concrete and DeWitz Construction.

At the dedication of the statue the main speaker was Craig Qualey Fisher, Commander of VFW Post 1215, his speech is attached.

The sculpture for the statue was Paul Rieffer.

click to view dedication speech
(Adobe™ pdf file ~10KB)


 "SUPPORT THE TROOPS RALLY III " Sept 23 2006

"Support the Troops Rally III " will be held at the Veterans Memorial on September 23rd, 2006 at 2:00 pm. It will be preceded by a parade that starts from the Rochester Community Technical College at 12:30 pm and will arrive at the Memorial at approximately 1:00pm.

Limited seating will be available at the Memorial and refreshments will also be available free.

STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER DETAILS

The parade route: Starts at RCTC at 12:30 and heads east on 12th St SE to South Broadway then
North to 6th St SW and West to the Memorial.

Program will feature music by Scott Severson, Nicole Woxland, and Hosonna and a talk by Command Sergeant Major John Vacho
a veteran of the Iraq War.

A special appearance will be made by area Gold Star Mothers and there will be banners available for signing that will be sent overseas to the troops.

Further information: Wayne Stillman 289 8981 Terry Throndson 289 2519

> > > PRESS RELEASE < < <

YOU ARE INVITED

Plans have been finalized for the major event featuring Bob Dole, War hero, former Senator and Presidential candidate, August 26th at 2:00 PM at the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial in Rochester.

The program will be in the field south of the Wall of Remembrance.

This event is also a re-dedication of the Memorial to celebrate the many additions to the Memorial since June 25, 2000 including the latest statues of a Nurse, Medic and wounded soldier to honor the part the medical profession played in the fight for freedom.

The program will celebrate the 100th year birthday of the Rochester School of Nursing and Mayo Clinic's involvement with the military and with the Memorial.

Veterans Service Officers from SE Minnesota and St Paul will be available to assist Veterans and their families with and answer any questions they may have.

The National Guard will fly a Blackhawk Helicopter in for a short time and stay to let people inspect it.


The Reading Center will have a massive Field of 2378 US Flags, each one representing a name on the Wall of Remembrance, on display. Sponsorship of Flags are still available by calling Bob Nowicki 285 0295 or Wanda Mitchell 252 9841 or by mailing a check to:

Kiwanis Field of Flags
PO Box 534
Rochester, MN 55903

Sponsorship Flags are $25.00 each.

Tom Overlie, Jane Belau and Scott Severson
will provide entertainment during the program.

There will be seating for about 600 people but it is advisable to bring your own seating.
Following the program there will be coffee, cookies and Pepsi courtesy of Canadian Honker, HY Vee and Pepsi. Culligan Water will have water stations positioned around the event area.

Further information: Wayne Stillman 507 289 8981


Rochester Kiwanis and Soldiers Field Veteran Memorial Field of Flags Project

OBJECTIVE – Fill the field behind the Veteran’s Memorial with 2378 flags, one for each hero on the wall!


(click on photo for more information (view 8KB Adobe pdf document))

Committee chosen as Grand Marshals at Rochester Fest Grand Parade June 23, 2006

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Committee chosen as Grand Marshals

at annual Rochester Fest Grand Parade, June 23, 2006

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U.S. Senator John McCain Visits the Memorial

On the evening of April 11, 2006, U.S. Senator John McCain

visited the Memorial.

View a few of the photos of the visit.

 

CUDE AWARD for NEW CONSTRUCTION in 2000

Rochester's Committee on Urban Design and Environment (CUDE) selected the

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

as the recipient of CUDE's annual award for new construction in 2000.

 

THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS CLUB

The Korean War Veterans Club meets every Monday morning at 8:00 AM at Grandma's Kitchen Restaurant in Silver Lake Shopping Center. All Korean Veterans are welcome and invited to attend.

For information contact Wayne Uptagrafft at 288 8350 or Lyle Lubahn at 282 5479

 

"GOLDEN DEEDS AWARD" PRESENTED TO CAROL STILLMAN
 
GOLDEN DEEDS AWARD

Carol Stillman was selected for this honor in part for her support of the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.

CONGRATULATIONS CAROL!
 
"BEFORE YOU GO"

Friends:
Veterans of WWII are now dying at a rate of about 2,000 per day. I encountered the following article in the Union-Tribune this morning, and checked out the referenced song (http://www.beforeyougo.us). It is ... an OUTSTANDING song in memory of our WWII veterans.

Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach - a member of Bierstock's band, Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Band - have written a song inspired by that old soldier in the airport parking lot. The mournful "Before You Go" does more than salute those who fought in WWII. It encourages people to go out of their way to thank the aging warriors before they die. "If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have been shot," says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. "Every ethnic minority would be dead. And the old soldiers are now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank them." The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it on the Web (www.beforeyougo.us http://www.beforeyougo.us), the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans, their sons and
daughters and grandchildren.

Provided by Merle Peterson

JUST RELEASED... "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS RALLY II" on DVD
If you attended the Rally on June 25, 2005, you know what a moving experience this was. Thanks to the MLT Group, the entire program was professionally recorded and is now available for purchase.

If you were unable to attend the Rally, here is your opportunity to experience this spectacular event. 

Order your copy of this DVD
 
LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS - HAROLD THOMAS TIERNEY

This is your opportunity to read a series of letters and documents between Harold Tierney and his mother before he was lost at sea in WWII.

Our thanks and appreciation to Eileen Tierney for making this collection of letters and documents available.

Harold Tierney - Letters

 
 "SUPPORT THE TROOPS RALLY" JUNE 25 2005

"Support the Troops Rally" to be held at the Veterans Memorial Sat. June 25 at 11:00 AM. It will be preceded by a parade of motorcycles, classic cars and emergency vehicles that will start at Rochester Technical College at 9:30 and end at the Memorial. The program will feature the landing of a Blackhawk helicopter, speakers and music.

Seating will be available and refreshments will also be available free.

Further information: Wayne Stillman 289 8981 Terry Throndson 289 2519
 10 WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE (June 24, 2004)

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Committee among recipients of 10 Who Make a Difference Awards.

A group that worked to get a veterans memorial built in Rochester and an amateur radio club that sends emergency radio telegrams were among the recipients of the 10 Who make a Difference Awards announced Wednesday during Rochester Fest. The awards, which have been given annually since 1991, are sponsored by the United Way of Olmsted County's Volunteer Center and KTTC.

Thursday, June 24, 2004 (Post-Bulletin Company, LLC, Rochester Minnesota)

  IF SHOE BOXES ARE NEEDED call 282-8796

If Shoe Boxes are needed for the purpose of sending comfort items to our troops - Contact the US Army Reserve Center located at 1715 Marion Road SE
Phone 507-282-8796.
Thank you.


 

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