Senator Franken Presents U.S. Flag to Veterans Memorial

By KBJR News 1

September 2, 2012 Updated Sep 2, 2012 at 10:16 PM CST

Virginia, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- U.S. Senator Al Franken was on the Iron Range Sunday, visiting the new Veterans War Memorial in Virginia.

He presented the Memorial Committee with a U.S. flag that has flown over the nation’s capital in Washington D.C.

The "Shoulder to Shoulder" memorial features eight military people who served in wars starting with WWI up until the Persian Gulf War.

A 16 foot, bronze eagle encircles the service members with its wings.
It weighs around nine tons and costs nearly $1 million.

Senator Franken says he is honored to present the flag because it symbolizes a great country with a great history with a lot of pride.

Franken, along with members of the Veteran's Memorial Committee say they are hopeful the statue and new flag will help people to remember, and honor those who have fought for our country.

"I think it's beautiful and says so much," Franken said. "It says the eagle, which represents our nation, protecting his men and women, and they do have men and woman here, in all branches of service."

"It should make you feel very proud," Tom Berrigan, chairman of the committee said. "The pride in this country, pride in our Iron Rangers that have contributed so much to this country and that's why we felt we shot high for a world class monument to represent this part of the country."

So far there is about 700 memorial pavers on the ground of the site.

Committee members expect to have another 200 in place by October.

Jennifer Walch
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