In honor and tribute to the men and women of the armed forces who defend America in war and peace. Past, present, and future... all forces and all times.

Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial

The Bemidji Veterans Memorial

The Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial is designed to honor the unity and cooperation of the armed forces in defending America and the freedoms we treasure. The impetus and vision for this project came from a group of veterans from northern Minnesota. Driven by a deep desire to honor their brothers and sisters who have served the nation, these veterans formed a volunteer committee that coordinated planning, construction, fundraising, and public awareness for the memorial. Today, the committee continues to update and maintain the city-owned memorial at no taxpayer expense.

This memorial is not to honor or glorify war, but to show our appreciation to the common men and women who rose to do the uncommon.

Walk of Honor

Veteran Recognition

The Walk of Honor, an ongoing project, is a path on the memorial site that consists of engraved granite paver bricks designed to recognize those who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces.

Each stone is engraved with the honorees information then placed into the Walk of Honor. There is a map of the stone names and their locations within the walk, so that family and friends can visit and look up their loved one's stone...  Learn More

The Walk of Honor at the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial is a path around the memorial. The Walk of Honor at the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial.

Buy a Paver — For the Walk of Honor

Paver bricks are available for $150 donation. The name of the veteran you wish to honor (living or deceased) will be engraved onto an 8" x 16" granite brick and placed on the Walk of Honor
Buy a Paver for the Walk of Honor with the name of the veteran you wish to honor.
The bronze statue of Charles Lindberg is the centerpiece of the memorial.

Charles Lindberg: First Statue

The centerpiece of the memorial site

The statue of Bemidji's Charles Lindberg is mounted on a six foot pillar with two bronze plaques attached which give a dedication and a statement of purpose for the memorial... Learn More

Seven flags surround the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial.Nine flags, six stone pillars, a Bronze statue atop a Granite pedestal, and a Walk of Honor surrounding the the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial.

Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial Sign

Honoring Veterans

With Your Contribution

Americans have benefited greatly from the sacrifices and bravery of our veterans. Your contribution to this memorial would honor their contributions to our nation and the world... Learn More

Memorial Location:

Downtown Bemidji, MN near the Beltrami County History Center.

130 Minnesota Ave SW Bemidji, MN
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Questions? Please contact us!

Kelly Booge, Treasurer

218-751-3258

kelbooge@paulbunyan.net

 

Lee Coe, Chair

218-243-2597

leecoe@paulbunyan.net

All donations go toward the production of the engraved pavers and the annual maintenance of the site. No proceeds go the the committee or individual members for any reason. From the beginning, this project has been run completely by volunteers. Thank You.

Memorial Dedication:
May 20, 2006 — Initial Dedication
Attended by over 400, featured Statue & Flagpoles
August 9, 2008 — Full Dedication
Attended by Honoree, Charles "Chuck" Lindberg
Sept. 20, 2014 — Canine Sculpture
Dedication of the Canine Sculpture, Service Dogs

Buy a Paver

Map of Existing Paver/Stones

Service Dogs

An unsung hero in American's storied past.

In recognition, tribute and honor of their outstanding contribution in conflicts from the Pacific Islands of World War II to the mountains of Afghanistan and the many wars in between, these veterans of America's conflicts have served faithfully in all branches of the military.... Learn More

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."

-- Author Unknown

The Service Dogs Sculpture is the newest addition to the Bemidji Veterans Memorial and was dedicated on September 20, 2014.

Dedicated on September 20, 2014

Figures of military men and women from all services (each weighing six tons!) representing various ethnicities and races, have been laser-etched into large stone pillars erected on the memorial site.

One of six pillars that surround the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial. One of six pillars that surround the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial. One of six pillars that surround the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial. One of six pillars that surround the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial. One of six pillars that surround the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial. One of six pillars that surround the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial.

Air Force

Army

Coast Guard

Marine

Merchant Marine

Navy

Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial
130 Minnesota Ave. SW  Bemidji, MN 56601
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Additional Information:

Lee Coe, Chair
218-243-2597
leecoe@paulbunyan.net