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May 29 Memorial Day service will feature Civil War reenactors and WWII vehicles

Woodbury VFW Post 9024 and the Woodbury American Legion Post 501 are hosting a Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 29. The special service, held annually to honor service men and women, will begin at 11 a.m. at the Woodbury Veterans Memorial on the City Hall campus.

Civil WarMayor Mary Giuliani Stephens will present the welcoming remarks. Lieutenant Colonel Gary Diamond, a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard and teacher at Woodbury High School, will give the Memorial Day address.
Color guards from the Woodbury High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, the Patriotic Heritage Allegiant Honor Guard and Woodbury Boy Scout Troop 559 will lead reenactors from the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment to the Veterans Memorial. The "First Minnesota" reenactors also will render a three-volley salute with their Civil War muskets.

The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment was one of the first units organized in the North's Civil War effort. It participated in several key battles; however, the group is best known for its significant contribution in the battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

WWII Scout CarPatrons at the Memorial Day event also will get an up-close look at two vehicles from WWII. WWII reenactor Harold Bottolfson will have his M3A1 scout car and WWII staff car on display.

Recognize service members with paver
Engraved pavers are available for purchase from the Veterans Memorial Council. The pavers cost $300 each and help fund the initial construction and ongoing maintenance of the Woodbury Veterans Memorial site. Additional options for engraving include benches ($1,500), flag pole bases ($5,000 for the U.S. flag and $3,500 for other flags) and planters ($2,500). If you can't pay the full amount now, installment options are available. Donations and paver purchases are tax deductible.

Paver orders placed by May 14 will be installed and engraved in time for the Memorial Day Ceremony May 29.
If you are interested in purchasing a paver or would like more information, visit the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial website or call Bruce Nettleton at (651) 325-5643.

Event parking
The Veterans Memorial is located just east of the Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road.  Parking is available at Woodbury City Hall and additional parking is available at the Woodbury Public Safety Building, 2100 Radio Drive, and the Washington County License Center, 2150 Radio Drive. The Public Safety Building and license center parking lots can be accessed off Central Park Place, just south of Valley Creek Road, on the west side of Radio Drive. It is a short walk via paved trail to the Veterans Memorial from these locations.

Please note: parking at the Public Safety Building will be restricted to the lot directly in front of the building only. Patrons should not park in the lot behind on the building or on the north end of the building, as these spots are reserved for emergency personnel only.

In case of inclement weather, the Memorial Day observance will be relocated to the nearby Woodbury Fire Department Building at the north end of the Woodbury Public Safety Building.