EVENTS

Events from the initial idea for a memorial in 1995 - to - present:

September 6 2010
Installed and dedicated POW/MIA bench
       > view image <
August 18 2010
Honor Flight fund raising auction at Shorewood Senior Campus
August 7 2010
Partnered with Kahler Hotel to hold Military Appreciation Day at Olmsted Fair
June 26 2010
10th Anniversary program at Memorial featuring Tomb of the Unknown
May 20 2010
Installed last of 546 pavers from Memorial to Cannons
May 15 2010
Honor Flight to Washington
April 3 2010
Honor Flight to Washington
April 1 2010
Paid $25,000.00 to the City of Rochester for Memorial maintenance
December 12 2009
Wreaths Across America program at New Life Worship
November 11 2009
Held Veterans Day program at New Life Worship Center with free Breakfast
July 4 2009
Tomb of the Unknown program at Peace Plaza
May 25 2009
Memorial Day Program
       > view image <
February 9 2009
Paid $23,000.00 to the City of Rochester for Memorial maintenance
       > view image <
December 10 2008
Wreaths Across America program at new Life Worship
November 11 2008
Held Veterans Day program at New Life Worship Center with free Breakfast
December 9 2007
Wreaths Across America program at New Life Worship
November 11 2007
Held Veterans Day program at New Life Worship Center with free Breakfast
September 26 2007
Received “More Than You Know” award for Memorial
       > view image <
September 23 2006
Support the Troops Rally III held at Memorial
       > view image <
August 26 2006
Dedicated Nurse/Medic Statue with Bob Dole as speaker
       > view image <
August 24 2006
Installed 2385 Flags in football field behind Memorial
August 6 2006
Added 330 pavers
July 2006
Gave Rochester Area Foundation $500,000.00 to invest. The Interest earned to be used for perpetual maintenance for the Memorial
       > view image <
July 2006
Turned over ownership of Memorial to the City Rochester
November 11 2005
Held Veterans Day program at New Life Worship Center with free Breakfast
September 24 2005
Dedicated the Soldier Statue at 6th Street entrance
June 25 2005
Support the Troops Rally II held at Memorial
November 11 2004
First Veteran's Day program held at Mayo Civic Auditorium with free breakfast served to over 500, courtesy of Canadian Honker Restaurant & Lounge
September 31 2004
Dedicated statue of "Widow and Child" at Memorial
       > view image <
July 25 2004
The 420 additional pavers were installed south of the Wall of Remembrance
May 30 2004
Memorial Day ceremony held at Memorial
December 24 2003
The WW-I and the Iraqi canons were refurbished and installed
November 11 2003
Veterans Day program held at Memorial
September 18 2003
Frank Kottschade committed $70,000.00 for the installation of a statue of a nurse. Committee formed to research it.
August 21 2003
Scott Nelson selected as sculpture for Woman and Child statue
May 30 2003
Memorial Day ceremony held at Memorial
April 13 2003
Support the Troops Rally held at Memorial
January 3 2003
Exhibits commemorating Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial and 173d installed at City Hall
December 28 2002
Candlelight vigil held for POW/MIAs
November 11 2002
Veterans Day program held at Memorial
September 28 2002
Charles Lindberg, last survivor of Iwo Jima flag raising attends ceremony remembering the event.
September 27 2002
Ceremony to honor South Vietnamese bench held.
September 24 2002
Ex- POWs National Reunion
September 9 2002 
Outside wall engraving finished
May 30 2002
Memorial Day ceremony held at Memorial
May 18 2002
Program featuring Charles Lindberg, last survivor of Iwo Jima flag raising, and Tom Shepers, a wounded Vietnam vet who ran from coast to coast.
.November 11 2001
Veterans Day program held at Memorial
September 27 2001
Governor Ventura lays his tree paver at Memorial
September 30 2001
Finished installing pavers
May 29 2001
Memorial Day ceremony held at memorial
March 15 2001
Engraving on outside walls finished.
November 11 2000
First Veterans Day program held at Memorial
October 2000
Memorial selected for CUDE Award from city for new construction.
September 25 2000
Charles Lindberg speaks to LST 588 reunion at Memorial
August 30 2000
School kick off meeting for teachers held at Memorial.
June 25 2000
Memorial dedicated in conjunction with 173d Airborne reunion
June 24 2000
Masons held dedication ceremony at Memorial
June 24 2000
Carl Beeler, WW II Veteran walked from Turo, Iowa, 250 miles to the Memorial
       > view image <
June 24 2000 
Fifth U.S. Air Force veterans, stationed in Japan from 1946 to 1958, held reunion in Rochester
June 20 2000
Rochester Fest booth set up to sell pavers, medallions and pins.
June 14 2000
Civil War plaque installed at base of Eagle at Memorial.
May 29 2000
Memorial Day ceremony held at Memorial
May 20 2000
Set up food stand at Sam's Club
May 5 2000
Final of 2574 pavers installed
April 14 2000
Minnesota House of Representatives honors Memorial work with a proclamation.
May 31 1999
Memorial Day ceremony held at Memorial
April 2000
Eagle monument moved to entrance of memorial.
December 7 1999
Flag raising ceremony held at Memorial.
November 13 1999
Fundraiser auction in conjunction with People of Hope Church held.
September 1999
Cold Spring Granite Co. Replaced 14 granite panels because of matching concerns.
June 1999
Ordered 2500 hat and button pins and 2000 medallions for sale
January 9 1999
Final 1656 pavers sold
November 20 1998
First time moved the Eagle from existing Memorial, later moved to entrance of Memorial
October 10 1998
Pool tournament fund raiser at Char's Palace.
October 8 1998
Bus trip for members to inspect memorials in our area.
September 18 1998
Poured walk for first 1440 pavers
August 1998
Set up booth at Olmsted County fair.
July 4 1998
George Pougiales returned $1,000.00 he won in drawing from all who purchased a paver
June 28 1998
Fund raising golf tournament ran.
June 1998
Set up find raising booth at Rochester Fest.
May 29 1998
Fund raising golf tournament held at Soldiers Field golf course.
May 25 1998
First Memorial Day ceremony held at Memorial
May 22 1998
Set up crosses at Memorial to observe Memorial Day.
May 16 1998
Set up paver booth at Apache Mall
May 1998
Concrete work started on Memorial.
April 1998
Pavers displayed in numerous locations for sale.
March 7 1998
Pool tournament held at Char's Palace.
January 3 1998
Lorence Schroeder won $1,000.00 in drawing.
November 1997
Started major campaign to sell pavers.
November 27 1997
VFW Post 1215 bar held another fund raising walk.
October 1997
Kathy's Pub held a fundraising walk.
October 19 1997
Held dinner and auction for fund raiser
September 10 1997
Had booth at Golden Generation show.
August 1997
Set up booth at County Fair to sell pavers
June 13 1997
Held groundbreaking ceremony at Memorial
May 25 1997
Special Veterans Program with our Model there.
May 17 1997
Held fund raising golf tournament.
April 13 1997
VFW Post 1215 had a find-raising walk.
April 1997
Trustees authorized paver sales at $350.00 each.
March 1 1997
Fundraiser held at RochCheers bar.
February 1997
Stillman recruited Bob DeWitz to oversee the construction,
November 1996
Set up 501c(3) Corporation.
November 1996
Set up a traveling Memorial display.
November 1996
Sent letters to clubs and organizations for donations.
November 1996
Formed many meetings with service clubs and organizations.
October 1 1996
Presented idea for $100.00 bricks for walkway.
September 19 1996
Announced plans for building the memorial with champagne news conference
August 23 1996
Met with Architects regarding plans to build. Stillman turned down their proposal of 8% fee.
July 31 1996
Plans for proceeding with the Memorial set.
July 15 1996
Approved by-laws for Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Inc.
July 8 1996
Mayo Foundation donated $60,000.00 to Memorial.
June 24 1996
Presented proposal to Mayo Foundation for a monetary grant.
May 8 1996
Park Dept approved plans for Memorial.
March 1996
Selected "Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial Inc." as our name.
February 8 1996
Met with Rochester Park Dept to review concept plans
October 26 1995
Orientation meeting for committee held.
October 17 1995
Committee meeting to decide if we build a museum or a memorial or both.
October 2 1995
Committee formed for Memorial approved by City Council
June 26 1995
Wayne Stillman contacted Wayne Arnold with a vision for a Memorial and solicited his help.
Arnold agreed and then Harry Kerr, Dick Brehmer, Floyd Riester were contacted and plans were started.
June 25 1995
Dave Senjem and Wayne Stillman discussed idea for a memorial