It has been a long, long road for those associated with the construction of the St. Croix River Valley Veterans Memorial.
On July 29, on the corner of 4th and Kent, right across from the Village Hall in Osceola, construction started on its newest and what organizers believe will be, its permanent home.
Larry Jepsen, one of the organizers behind the Memorial, explained the Memorial was the brainchild of John Jenkins, a former Osceola High School teacher, who wanted to establish a memorial for all veterans on both sides of the river.
“He envisioned an area from Grantsburg to Somerset and from Lindstrom to Amery,” Jepsen continued.
Multiple locations were envisioned, but those locations fell through and Jenkins unfortunately passed away in 2016.
Jepsen emphasized the up-and-down the Memorial has been in the last few years, when Wally Shoop of American Bronze Casting, who donated the Memorial’s marquee attraction, a Bronze Eagle, asked Jepsen and others, if the Memorial was still going to happen. The Bronze Eagle will stand 14 feet above the Memorial on a large stone.
Jepsen explained Memorial organizers and Village officials got going and settled on the location across from Village Hall.
Surrounding the Eagle will be a star in the cement floor with the five branches of service and around those will be about 1,200 pavers, ready for names of Veterans from the surrounding area.
Lining the Memorial will be the United States flag, the Wisconsin flag and the POW/MIA flag.
Jepsen said plans are for the memorial to be finished so a ceremony could be held on Veterans Day.
Donations are still being accepted. They can be sent to St. Croix River Valley Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 605, Dresser, WI 54009.