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: