Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial

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The Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial in Bemidji shows the world how much Bemidji values its veterans. The memorial honors veterans from all of the uniformed services, including the K9 Corps! Rather than tell you about it, let me show you. If you want to return to the Bemidji and Headwaters main page, click or tap here.

Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial
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The Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial dedication occurred in 2006. Even some of those in the area aren’t familiar with it! In addition, the veteran’s committee that built it still maintains this city-owned property at no cost to taxpayers. The committee plans to continue that policy into the future. Here’s the link to the newspaper article about the memorial.

The memorial honors veterans who served in all services. It represents the cooperation between the military branches in safeguarding our freedom. The memorial includes the statues and plaques you see here and a walk of honor for each veteran who served.

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The main statue in the center represents Charles A. Lindbergh, the famed aviator. His father was a Congressman from Minnesota. He grew up in Minnesota and Washington, DC. However, he preferred Minnesota to Washington. He also lived in New Jersey and spent the last six years of his life in Hawaii. But. he always claimed Minnesota as home.

The statues in the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial honor all of the uniformed services. The K-9 Corps represents the dogs who served in the war efforts or peacetime efforts. Due to their military purposes, dogs also became useful to the peacetime military, law enforcement, and drug and customs enforcement.

Here’s a full image of the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial.

Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial

Sorry, I think I cut off the edge of the sign! And here’s a link to a video of the memorial.

Another stop on the Freedom Defenders Veteran Memorial

The Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial has an honor walk, as mentioned above. Any veteran from the area has the opportunity to purchase a brick with their name, rank, and dates of service engraved on it. Or have one purchased on his/her behalf. The money goes to the maintenance of the memorial.

Thanks for visiting the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial!

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Classic Rock Recollection

“Remember the Heroes” by Sammy Hagar

Courage is the badge he wears
Blinded by obsession
Wars are won by those who dare
The memory still haunts him

Remember the heroes
Who fight for the right to choose
Remember the heroes
We’ve all got a lot to lose

Written by: Sammy Hagar / Jonathon Cain

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