Commissioners approve change to veterans memorial | Community


Carver County Commissioners had a busy meeting on September 21, with various discussions on various community initiatives. Among these is an amendment to the Mayer Veterans Memorial Site plan.

Marty Walsh, director of parks for Carver County, and Stan Heldt, member of the Veterans Memorial Register, presented the plan change to the commissioners. Although largely completed, there are a few additions that CCVMR wants to make, – including three equipment platforms, connecting sidewalks and a shed. With the memorial so close to the Dakota Regional Trail, which is under the authority of the Carver County Regional Rail Authority, the CCVMR had to clear these changes with the commissioners before moving forward.

There are already two equipment blocks placed at the memorial site. However, this new plan would move them along a walking path, while adding three more, bringing the total to five. These equipment sites would display things like tanks, cannons, maybe even a helicopter, according to Walsh. Along the footpath would be the hangar, which would store grounds maintenance supplies. The reason the equipment would be housed this way is not to obstruct the view of the memorial itself.

With these new additions, CCVMR also plans to expand access to the memorial, including from the nearby street parking lot and from the streets behind so that residents can walk along a path leading to the memorial. Equipment for pads will also need to be approved in the future, as the proposed change only affects pads. All the work done will also need to be approved by the commissioners in the future, but it all depends on whether the changes are approved.

Vice President Gayle Degler asked if Heldt had anything to add to the request.

“The memorial has been very well accepted,” he said. “We have 400 pavers in the cobblestone gardens and are ready to place another order here very soon. “

There is no need to worry about running out of cobblestone space, Heldt says. They have a capacity of 4,000 cobblestones, ultimately, and are about to start filling a third of the memorial’s many gardens.

The community also engages with the memorial. CCVMR has invited WWII reenactors, held history days, hosted local school students, and more. The six panels of the memorial, representing branches of the military (army, marines, navy, air force and coast guard) as well as a representative of prisoners of war, also now have a vocal diary attached to them. . These journals explain what the branch does, as well as some military history. To activate the newspaper, visitors only need to use a smartphone.

“We’re pretty proud of this particular setup,” Heldt said. “We have three operational, and the other three will be ready shortly. “

Heldt also said that the CCVMR and the Parks Commission have worked very well together to make this memorial a place to visit. People often visit the park and the memorial together, so the partnership has worked very well for both parties so far.

Degler told Heldt that he really appreciated the work of CCVMR and asked him how they got the pieces they presented. According to Heldt, it depends on the part. Most of the parts are discussed by CCVMR and they also work with anyone looking to donate or sell equipment. The other Commissioners also congratulated Heldt and CCVMR for their efforts.

With thanks and request in mind, the commissioners unanimously approved the motion for the amendments to the Mayer Veterans Memorial. For all those who are curious about the memorial or who wish to be part of the Register, visit

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