On a warm, sunny Monday morning, the annual Memorial Day Ceremony unfolded at the Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial in Purgatory Creek Park.
As in previous years, attendees set up chairs around the memorial to watch the ceremony. The event is hosted annually by the Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial Committee, which played a vital role in financing the memorial’s construction (dedicated in 2008) and contributing to its design.
The ceremony pays homage to the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
Gary Nash, featured in a recent EPLN story, was the keynote speaker, sharing his reflections and experiences as a U.S. Marine infantry officer during the Vietnam War. The 82-year-old Nash resides in Chanhassen with his wife, Margie.
The Viking Squadron Civil Air Patrol cadets posted and retrieved the Colors, while the Eden Prairie Police Reserves Honor Guard raised the Colors to full staff. The Eden Prairie Community Band performed “Fanfare for the Common Man,” and an armed forces salute. Julie Tuck sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful,” while Rob Estrine performed “Taps.”
Mayor Ron Case delivered the opening remarks, while Kevin Rofidal, chair of the Veterans Memorial, concluded the ceremony. Pastor Rod Anderson gave the invocation.
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