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Beneath "Old Glory" . . . A memorial to honor all men and women who
have served their country, located at the Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery.
By Marvin Baker
A new veterans memorial was unveiled Monday on the grounds of Trinity Lutheran Church northeast of Kenmare.
The monument, which honors those who served in all branches of the military, was erected Saturday and dedicated Monday, adjacent to the church’s cemetery.
“We felt it was important to be serious about honoring veterans, all veterans,” said Bryan Quigley, a church member who helped spearhead the event. “It was constructed so the yard light will provide ample light at night for the flag and memorial.”
The memorial includes a sitting bench, small plaque on a stand that provides a bit of history about Trinity and its cemetery, a flag pole and the memorial which is very attractive and very quiet, according to Quigley. The memorial is located to the left of the main gate of the cemetery.
The memorial, made of aluminum, is metallic brown and shows four silhouettes of standing Soldiers and two silhouettes of kneeling Soldiers. It includes an inscription honors those who have served in the U.S. military.
Duane Ingerson, of Dakota SignScapes in Kenmare, designed and fabricated the memorial. Local contractor Alan Munson completed the concrete work for the project.
Quigley said the memorial has been on the list of things to do for the cemetery association for a number of years and it finally came to fruition.
He said a grant of $2,500 from Kenmare Vets Gaming and donations from loved ones buried at the cemetery, helped raise the funds to make it happen.
For those who weren’t able to attend Monday’s unveiling, the memorial is located four miles north of Kenmare on U.S. Highway 52 and one mile east.
“We decided to build a memorial to honor veterans buried at Trinity Cemetery and all veterans,” Quigley said. “It’s quite the memorial. It’s nice. It’s unique.”