New veterans memorial to be dedicated

This Memorial Day, the Dunn County Historical Society’s Museum Committee is hosting a dedication ceremony for the museum’s newly-unveiled veterans memorial.

The ceremony will take place on Monday, May 29, at 11 a.m. MST.

Leading the ceremony will be members of American Legion Ezra Barrows Post #46 from Killdeer. Greg Benz will officiate on behalf of the Legion Post.

A potluck lunch follows the ceremony, with a main course provided by the ladies of Halliday’s American Legion Auxiliary Feigel Fischer Post #258.

Music is provided by the Killdeer City Band.

The monument was built by Scott and Gene Keidel of Allied Monument in Dickinson. It is a black granite vertical slab with the heading: “Dunn County Museum Veterans Memorial.”

Underneath that heading, the following words are engraved: “Those from Dunn County who died for their country.”

The names of the brave men and women who gave their lives are engraved in columns, with sections for World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam era.

A total of 89 names are engraved on the memorial, with room for more.

The memorial has been in the works since 2007 and was conceived by the Dunn County Historical Society’s Museum Committee. Members of that original committee included Randolph Nodland, Cory Richardson, Vivian Knutson, Hellen McMahen and Cathy Trampe.

Trampe, who now serves as the committee’s president, continues to be the primary driver behind this important project.

She managed fundraising efforts from 2011 to 2016, including the distribution of fundraising letters to Dunn County Historical Society members.

“Over the course of five years, many of those families that had people in the service donated to the monument,” said Trampe. “In 2016, we paid off the memorial with a little help from the Dunn County Historical Society.”

The museum committee invites all residents of Dunn County and beyond, including families who may have members commemorated on the memorial, to join along in dedicating this monument to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the United States of America.

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