Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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The new Veteran's Memorial at Oakdale City Hall creates an enduring space for citizens to honor military friends and family, enhanced by the use of retaining walls, paver surfaces and natural stone. According to park superintendent Randy Bastyr, the city celebrated its first of- ficial Memorial Day at the site on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 so that local VFW and American Legion post members who were already booked at other observances could participate. The event included a flag ceremony, color guard, gun salute, bugler, guest speaker Col. Eric Ahlness and soloist Whitney Russell, a student at Tartan High School. "The Oakdale Veteran's Memorial committee wanted a place to commemorate veterans and service members and for the city and citizens," said Bastyr. "The committee raised funds by selling engraved pavers, which paid for a large portion of the project. Pavers can be purchased by people in honor of loved ones who are veterans or in the military. We have room for about 600 pavers total." In 2010, a group of local veterans and citizens formed a nonprofit 501(c)(3) or- ganization. They raised about $8,000 through a raffle and about $19,000 through sales of engraved pavers, which are installed in a flagpole plaza in front of the memorial. The remainder of the $44,000 project is funded by a low-interest loan from the city, the ongoing sale of pavers and future fundraising events. The me- morial was completed and dedicated in October 2012. The 800-square-foot site Above: In Oakdale, Minn., an 800-square-foot veteran's memorial includes a retaining wall, inset columns with black granite commemorative plaques that serve as focal points, and pavers, some of which were engraved with the names of veterans or current military personnel. Retaining wall block of Versa-Lok's Rose Creek blend was capped with buff- colored Indiana limestone. The pavers include Willow Creek brickstone in the harvest blend color. Left: All the benches throughout the site were made from natural stone. Also pictured is one of two basalt pillars that function as water features and serve as a backdrop for bronze plaques in honor of the Minnesota National Guard, POWs and MIAs. Honored Service By Brenda Bredahl, Versa-Lok 34 LC DBM 034-037.indd 34 2/27/14 4:17 PM

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