Veterans Memorial

The Edina Veterans Memorial is a unifying symbol of shared community values in honoring all Edina veterans of our nationís armed forces -- past, present and future.

Edina’s rich and proud legacy of patriotic service extends back to the Civil War. The 33 native and adopted sons of Edina who died in the time of war are individually remembered at the new Veteran’s Memorial at the intersection of 50th Street and Woodale Avenue at Utley Park in Edina.

Those honored include,

Robert Stanley Adams, Jr. Alfred Bernard Johnson
Owen Baird Rollie Klatt
Barrette Baker Hill Larson
William Parker Bates Paul Latham, Jr.
Paul Christensen Henry Mickelsen
Ed Christl Charles Douglas Prescott
LeRoy Coaty David Peterson
Harry Davis Robert Bruce Randall
Eric Craig Egge Joseph Redpath
Frank Ellis Hoyt Ross
John Entriken Elmer Sherman
Donald Hale Leo Slavin
Warren Halvorson Gordon Soderbeck
Wes Hansord Walt Strubel
Leo Hawkinson Hal Thorsen
Donald Grant Hill Bud Williams
Lars Peter Hustad  


The Veterans Memorial Committee reached its fundraising goal and began construction of the memorial in the fall of 2014. Fundraising for the memorial generated over $450,000.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday, Sept. 19 at the site of the memorial in Utley Park. On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, a dedication ceremony was held. 

In 2010, the memorial was budgeted to cost $450,000. For the following three years, committee members were busy visiting with donors and state government leaders. Those efforts resulted in the Veterans Memorial Committee raising $196,380 in private cash donations, including a $100,000 contribution from Dave Frauenshuh and his family and $20,000 from the Edina Rotary Foundation. In addition, the Edina City Council approved $39,461 in City funds, the state of Minnesota issued a Legacy Fund grant in the amount of $9,900 available upon completion of the project and the State legislature issued a general matching grant in the amount of $225,000.

The Memorial features:

  • V-shaped granite plaza (emblematic of “victory") leading up to the focal point of the memorial.
  • An eagle and flag design is the focal point.
  • A wall featuring the names of the 33 Edina soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty since the City’s founding. 
  • Three illuminated flagpoles are placed at the edge of the plaza hoisted with the American flag, state flags and white on black POW flag to honor troops in captivity or missing in action.

The Committee is still collecting donations for ongoing maintenance of the memorial. Donations can be sent to the Edina Community Foundation, 5280 Grandview Square or you can donate online.




The Veteran's Memorial Committee typically meets at 7:30 a.m. the third Friday of the month in the Mayor's Conference Room at Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St.

All meetings are open to the public.

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Edina Community Foundation

Make a donation to the Edina Community Foundation to support Edina's Veterans Memorial.

Veterans Memorial Committee

An all-volunteer committee has been working on this project since 2010. Committee members include  Bob Benson, Frank Cardarelle, Jason Christiaansen, Peter Crain, Dick Crockett, John  Currie, Lance Elliott, Justin Kieffer, Bob Kojetin, Chair Richard Olson, Robert Reed and Marshall Schwartz.

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