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Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Group Seeks Support to Build Veterans Memorial

May 21, 2017 06:12AM ● By Doug Erlien
The drive to construct a military veteran’s memorial in Maple Grove’s Central Park continues to move ahead. After being proclaimed a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community  in 2013, Maple Grove’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Group continues to provide support and resources to the needs of veterans and military families.

“The idea is to help them find the right information,” 
Maple Grove Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Co-Chair Joel Skagerberg said of the group. "Sometimes, they get lost in the cracks and we try to be the crack filler. Anything we can do to help them find the right answers is what we want to do.”

To date, the organization has assisted 30-50 veterans.

One of the projects the group is working on is a plan for a 
Maple Grove Veterans Memorial in Central Park The intent of the project is to provide a place to commemorate the men and women who have served in the United States Military and specifically those who lived or live in the Maple Grove area.

After receiving approval, and land 
on the southwest corner of Central Park, from the city, the organization was able to have the design completed after receiving a donation from the Maple Grove Lions Club

The memorial is anticipated to have several key elements, according to Skagerberg, including: 
  • Located in the southwest corner of the park adjacent the promenade and south of the formal garden.
  • An accessible path
  • Site wall commemorating the branches of service and the name of the memorial
  • A history of military conflicts and local veterans who have served are represented in a series of steel panels
  • Concrete seat walls
  • Three flag poles commemorating the United States, P.O.W. and the city of Maple Grove
  • Landscape planting
  • Lawn area and lighting
"The Maple Grove Veterans Memorial will be a complimentary addition to Central Park providing not only an aesthetically pleasing landscape to the south end of the park but also a community focal point commemorating and honoring those residents who have served in the United States Military," Skagerberg said. 

To make the memorial a reality, the Maple Grove Yellow Ribbon Network hoping to raise $200,000 by Memorial Day in 2017. The organization is accepting donations to continue to move the project forward. 

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