Veterans Memorial

This is a design rendering of the new Winsted Veterans Memorial in Hainlin Park.

Information updated February 2019

Like many small American towns, Winsted is fiercely proud of its veterans. A Winsted Veterans Memorial is being created to give citizens and visitors a dedicated place to reflect and remember.

Located under the mature trees at the southwestern edge of Hainlin Park, the memorial will be easily visible from McLeod County Road 1 – the main artery into town. The memorial will first and foremost honor the fallen and will give families the opportunity to have their own veterans’ names displayed in the pentagon plaza.

Designed by Winsted native Mitch Littfin, the memorial is a place of intimacy and quiet. The Winsted Veterans Memorial committee worked to envision a unique, high-quality memorial in which visitors could experience bittersweet remembrance of fallen soldiers as well as pride in those who served and returned home.

Statues of service men and women will ring the plaza, and several benches will be provided for rest and reflection.

As visitors turn to leave, they will see the words “Never Forget.”

Several parking places will be available, including some that are handicap accessible. Visitors will access the memorial by a paved walkway bordered on either side with the names of donors.

The memorial project is being funded through donations from the Winsted community, and citizens will also have an opportunity to purchase plaques to honor individual veterans.

Veterans and their families are encouraged to purchase a veteran name plaque to be permanently installed at the Winsted Veterans Memorial pentagon court.

The plaques are available to honor any veteran, living or deceased, who served honorably on active duty, in the reserves, or the National Guard, in wartime or peacetime.

The plaques will be made of brushed stainless steel etched with the veteran’s name, branch of service, and period of service. Each 11-inch-by-five-inch plaque will be installed upon completion of the monument.

The cost is $150 each, with proceeds going directly toward any final construction costs and the ongoing operations and maintenance of the memorial.

In fall 2018, the Winsted Veterans Memorial site was excavated in preparation for footings to provide a foundation for the five pillars of the pentagon court. The pillars were completed as of the end of 2018, and elements of the memorial were visible from McLeod County Road 1.

For more information about the memorial, or to donate, email info@winstedveteransmemorial.org.

(Text adapted from www.winstedveteransmemorial.org)