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Published October 07, 2011, 10:27 PM

Pelican Rapids dedicates new Veterans Memorial River Park

Pelican Rapids, MN (WDAY TV) - For the first time in Pelican Rapids, people have a place where they can pay respect to those who have served our county.

For the first time in Pelican Rapids, people have a place where they can pay respect to those who have served our county. More than 100 people packed together to dedicate a new Veterans Memorial River Park tonight. The park's in a perfect location right near the heart of downtown, just across the river from VFW Post 5252. People we spoke with say they grew up knowing the park as just a patch of grass, but after dozens of donations, members of the community can now come here to remember.

Ken Larson's a navy veteran, the one his friends call the "submarine guy." He's in Pelican Rapids watching the dedication of Veteran's Memorial River Park.

Ken Larson – Navy Veteran: "I think it’s important to have one in every town for a memorial. I think we should have."

On Larons's left is Elmer Nelson, an army veteran, who served in the 40s. Elmer says he's happy for the visual way to honor the fallen.

Elmer Nelson – Army Veteran: "Yeah, it's a good way to remember things. A lot of changes made in those years."

After a quick naming of local veterans who lost their lives, people with the VFW pulled the triggers and a 21 gun salute echoed through the crowd. People took off their hats as a trumpet blasted TAPS, and the audience got to listen to good-old American tunes. These songs were one of the favorite parts for one donor who helped make their memorial dream a reality.

Harold Sherbrooke - Donor: "They've done a good job with the space they have here. Good design."

One of the biggest sponsors for the $45,000 park is VFW Post 5252.

Randy Ebsen – VFW Post 5252 Commander: "It’s nice to see the city is behind all these veterans."

Everyone we talked to says they're happy to have a permanent place to remember soldiers who served.

People on the park board tell us it took more than seven years to secure the funds to build the park.

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