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Like many small American towns, Winsted, Minnesota is fiercely proud of her veterans and in particular those few who never came home. For decades our citizens have kept the annual Memorial Day observance but yet had no veterans memorial.
The Winsted Veterans Memorial will give our 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 County Road 1 – the main artery into the 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 which would have the visitor move from a place of bittersweet remembrance of our fallen at the flag plaza to a place of pride in those who served and returned home memorialized at the pentagon plaza. As they turn to leave the visitor will see the words “Never Forget”. This memorial is Winsted’s Never Forget.