From vision to reality. After years of planning and fundraising by North St. Paul Veteran's Park, Inc., the majestic Veteran's Park opened with great fanfare in August 2015. The Park features a walk of more than 1,258 engraved pavers, commemorating those who served our country in war and peacetime. The marble wall is inscribed with each branch of the Armed Forces and the names of North St. Paul-area citizens who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our continued freedoms. The entrance to the Park is marked by an impressive greeter statute, an American serviceman of the modern era. The Park located at 2480 Margaret Street is a great source of community pride as well as a solemn place to pay respect for our servicemen and servicewomen. For a calendar listing of the latest Veteran's Park events visit www.nspveteranspark.org.The imagery at Veteran's Park is stunning and fervent and carries deep meaning to the community and Veterans and their families.
The Central Star in the park indicates the fact that North St. Paul is located in Minnesota, also known as the "North Star State," which is surrounded by a sea of blue as a reflection of the freedom of the sky. The Star's five points represent the two Veterans organizations in North St. Paul (American Legion Post 39 and VFW Post 1350), the Air Force JROTC at North High School as the future, the City of North St. Paul as the community, and finally the Veteran as the honorable reason for the monument.
The Red Stripes represent America’s Military Veterans. The pavers are placed within the red stripes. Veteran’s names are engraved as a permanent reminder of their service, sacrifice and loyalty to our nation.The White Stripes provide a walk way and indicates the paths of purity of purpose that our Veterans follow during their service to protect and defend the United States of America.
The stone replica of the State of Minnesota is engraved with the image of an American Serviceman in 2012 battledress. The Greeter Statute greets passersby, inviting them to come forth and view names on the pavers and Remembrance Wall, and the three flags at the eastern end of the monument - the American flag, the State of Minnesota flag and the POW/MIA flag.
The Remembrance Wall is emblazoned with the six military services of the United States and is inscribed with the names of North St. Paul Veterans Killed or Missing in Action or as a Prisoner of War.
Encircling the entire monument is the History Path, informing passersby of the history of conflicts that North St. Paul Veterans have participated in. Along the path are Teaching Stands that detail conflicts or wards that North St. Paul and area Veterans have been involved in. Those conflicts or wars are: American Civil War (1861-1865), Spanish-American War (1898), World War I (1917-1918), World War II (1941-1945), Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam War (1965-1973), Persian Gulf War (1990-1991), Afghanistan War (2001-2004), and Iraq War (2003-2011). The final Teaching Stand is called "Defense of Freedom" to honor all those servicemen and servicewomen that are serving today and those that will serve tomorrow.