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
Please consider supporting the memorial by honoring a Freedom Defender that you know. Thank you!
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.
Map of Existing Honoree Paver/Stones
Buy a Paver
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.
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
American Family Insurance, Bemidji
MJ Architecture Studio
Bemidji VFW, Post 1260
Vetter Stone Company
Christiansen Construction Company
BSA Troops 25 & 46
City of Bemidji
Township of Lake Hattie
Finishing Touch Landscaping
Metro Marines, Minneapolis
Detachment 585 Marine Corps League
Bruce Atwater Family
Larry Houg Family
Lucachick Architecture Inc.
First National Bank of Bemidji
American Legion Post 14
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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Leland G. Coe, Chair
(218) 243-2597 or (218) 556-8061
Larry Houg, Vice Chair
Kelly Booge, Treasurer
(218) 751-3258 or (218) 308-1171
Kenneth Weeks, Secretary
(218) 759-9514 or (218) 766-2675
(218) 854-7499 or (218) 766-3898
(218) 444-6272 or (218) 209-1401
(218) 854-7248 or (218) 556-1646
Lester E. Johnson