On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in November 1918 the First World War came to an end. The 100 year anniversary was marked with somber ceremonies around the world and right here in Minnesota.
Veterans were honored at the new Riverfront Memorial Park on November 11th, a new location for the ceremony.
“For the past 50 years the memorial was located near Forest Hill Cemetery near HWY 10,” said Doug Hookom, the Anoka American Legion Post Commander.
The new location offers a view of the Rum River, more parking and seating without the highway noise.
“We do not have the highway noise, the sirens, the motorcycles. This is a much quieter serene setting here,” Hookom said.
During the Veterans Day ceremony Hookom thanked the men and women who have made the commitment to military service.
“Each one of you has sacrificed and I’d like to thank you from one veteran to another for that solemn commitment no matter what branch you served in,” said Hookom.
Stones honoring a veteran can be added to the memorial with a $200 purchase through the city of Anoka. The funds help to pay for the new memorial.