Hastings Veteran Memorials
There are three Veteran Memorials located in Hastings, MN. The information is:
This park consists of a half circle stone patio with seven free-standing stones. Six stones have military symbols for the Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and POW-MIA. The seventh stone is honor/welcome stone. Three large free standing stones form a back wall listing names of WWII Roll of Honor – Our War Dead. Flagpole and lighting. The area is open to the public and clearly visible from nearby roads. The location is one block west of the intersection of Highways 61 and 55 on south side of Highway 55. A parking lot is nearby; turn south on Maple Street, go 2 short blocks to turn east on West 10th Street.
Soldiers and Sailors Cemetery, now known as Veterans Cemetery
The cemetery is a one half acre plot purchased in 1905 by Peller Post 89, Grand Army of the Republic, for the burial of soldiers and sailors of the Spanish American War and the Civil War. Family members are also buried there. Seven burial stones are on site but more burials are known. The cemetery is a triangular piece of land with a flagpole and obelisk monument; obelisk has G.A.R. on it. The site is fenced but open to the public and clearly visible from nearby roads. Directions to the cemetery from Vermillion/Highway 61, take Second Street west to Nininger Road/County Road 42, continue to West First Street. The cemetery will be on south side of the road with parking is on West First Street.
Veteran’s Memorial Levee Park
Description: Granite field stone monument includes dedication plaque on the stone itself surrounded by six plaques at the base of the stone. These plaques read as follows:
||The Union Forever
|Spanish American War
||Remember the Main
|World War I
||Lafayette, We are Here
|World War II
||Remember Pearl Harbor
||United Nations Action
||When Called, They Served
To get to the memorial,exit from Highway 61 to get to Second Street (street running under the base of the bridge). Go east on Second Street to Ramsey Street, turn left (north) onto Ramsey Street. Go one block to public parking lot. Monument is directly ahead on river levee. The site is open to the public and lighted but not visible until you get down on the levee.
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