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

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please consider supporting the memorial by honoring a Freedom Defender that you know. Thank you!

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

Veteran Recognition — Walk of Honor

Buy a Paver for the Walk of Honor

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

Please consider participating in the Walk of Honor. It is a chance to recognize a freedom defender personally as well an opportunity to support the memorial in the future.

Pavers are available for $150 donation. Your Donation is Tax-Deductible.

The name, branch of service (and the name of conflict when applicable) of the veteran you wish to honor (living or deceased) will be engraved onto an 8" x 16" granite brick and then placed on the Walk of Honor — a path on the memorial site.

Your donation of $150 will assure a paver will be installed. It will also ensure the continued respectful maintenance of the whole memorial site for future generations.

No Taxpayer money has been used, neither in the construction nor in the ongoing maintenance of this memorial. The memorial and the site it is on are owned by the city, with an independent committee responsible for collecting proceeds and overseeing its ongoing care. Please support this effort.


Send your information, care of the Treasurer, to:
Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial Board
P.O. Box 1511
Bemidji, MN 56619

Map of Existing Honoree Paver/Stones

Buy a Paver

The Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial is located downtown Bemidji, MN.
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
Lee Coe, Chair

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.

We would like to thank
all of our supporters.

Donors who have given $1,000 or more have been honored with bronze and granite plaques.

Joe Beer, Beer Inc.

Mike Chock, Flat Crete Inc.

Gustafson and Gouge Inc.

Dwayne Young Inc.

The Neilson Foundation

James Paulsen

Bob Newcomb

American Family Insurance, Bemidji

Wendy Thompson

MJ Architecture Studio

Bemidji VFW, Post 1260

Vetter Stone Company

Christiansen Construction Company

BSA Troops 25 & 46

City of Bemidji

Township of Lake Hattie

Diversified Builders

Finishing Touch Landscaping

Cuperus Construction

Team Industries

Metro Marines, Minneapolis

Detachment 585 Marine Corps League

Bruce Atwater Family

Larry Houg Family

Brian Archibald

Lucachick Architecture Inc.

First National Bank of Bemidji

Jon Chock

Sunny Archibald

Judy Archibald

American Legion Post 14

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. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial. To complete the project, additional donations are needed.

Contact the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial

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Current Board Members


Leland G. Coe, Chair

(218) 243-2597 or (218) 556-8061


Larry Houg, Vice Chair

(218) 751-6709


Kelly Booge, Treasurer

(218) 751-3258 or (218) 308-1171


Kenneth Weeks, Secretary

(218) 444-6449


Ron Cuperus

(218) 766-1926


Gary Danielson

(218) 759-9514 or (218) 766-2675


Bruce Malterud

(218) 854-7499 or (218) 766-3898


Kim Dague

(218) 444-6272 or (218) 209-1401


Jim Paulsen

(218) 854-7248 or (218) 556-1646


Lester E. Johnson

(218) 444-7553

Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial
130 Minnesota Ave. SW  Bemidji, MN 56601
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Lee Coe, Chair