Gary-New Duluth Veterans Memorial to honor veterans with new monumentAfter more than a year of renovation, work on the Gary-New Duluth Veterans Memorial will officially be completed during a ceremony Monday.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
After more than a year of renovation, work on the Gary-New Duluth Veterans Memorial will officially be completed during a ceremony Monday.
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. Monday to honor veterans and mark the completion of the memorial. The monument is located on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Stowe Street.
Mayor Don Ness and Vietnam veteran Brad Bennett, a Purple Heart recipient and local radio host, will deliver keynote addresses.
The original monument was built in 1952 to commemorate the service of World War II and Korean War veterans from the Gary-New Duluth community. Beginning in early 2012, the monument underwent a $100,000 renovation project.
The original monument was restored and an additional monument was erected to honor veterans of the Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The monument includes names of veterans from the Gary-New Duluth, Morgan Park, Smithville, Riverside, Fond du lac and Oliver, Wis., neighborhoods.
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Mike Colalillo, who lived in the Smithville community, was also honored with his own monument and plaque.