The dedication ceremony for the Veterans Memorial Park, which begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, will be livestreamed at https://www.hbsound.com/vmpgrandopening.
Those who attend the ceremony and are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are requested to wear a mask.
Also, fundraising for the park is ongoing -- about $150,000 is needed to cover all expenses involved in the $2 million-plus park, according to Mike Hagen, who, along with Gary Shields, is a fundraiser and member of the VMP Committee. For more information on how to contribute, contact Hagen at 218-791-2910 or Shields at 218-779-5549
Anyone who wishes to purchase a stone, engraved with the name of their loved one, their military branch and dates of service, for the park should print out an order form, available online on the Park District website, www.gfparks.org ; click on “Foundation” in the upper right corner. Mail the form, with check, to Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Foundation, P.O. Box 12429, Grand Forks, ND 58208. The cost is $200 per stone. For more information, contact Leif Larsen, senior accountant at the Park District, at (701) 787-0322 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org .
The stones are installed along the park’s sidewalks. Nearly 1,200 stones have been purchased.
The role of managing daily operations and maintenance of the 6.2-acre Veterans Memorial Park was turned over by the VMP Committee to the Park District on Aug. 1.