Memorial Day Ceremony
Colonel Eric Ahlness,
Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Minnesota National
Guard, will be the featured speaker at the Memorial Day Ceremony in
Stillwater. The ceremony will take place at the Stillwater Veterans
Memorial located at Third and Pine Streets, starting at 11:00 a.m.
on May 27, 2013.
will be played by members of the Stillwater Concert Wind Symphony,
directed by Dennis Lindsay. Representatives of the Armed Forces will
place wreaths, and VFW and Legion members will offer a rifle salute.
Names of service members whose pavers have been installed since last
Memorial Day will be read. Members of the A & D, H & H and Last
Man’s Club will be recognized, as will the most recent Minnesota
casualties of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Colonel Eric Ahlness is part of Joint Force Headquarters,
supervising implementation of diversity programs in the Army and Air
Guard. Raised in Windom, Minnesota, he has served as company
commander of a troop unit, and battalion commander of the Officer
Candidate School headquartered at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Col.
Ahlness served in Bosnia in 2003-2004 as an Information Operations
Officer, and was Government Relations Officer for six years prior to
commanding the 58-member Minnesota Agribusiness Development Team
which was deployed to Afghanistan from October 2011 to September
2012. He has served full-time with the Minnesota National Guard for
more than 25 years.
wife, Lori Ahlness, is a retired Major with the Minnesota National
Guard, board member for the Yellow Ribbon Network of Washington
County, and president of the board for Veterans Campground on Big
Marine Lake. They have one daughter and reside in White Bear Lake,
The Memorial Day
Ceremony will take place rain or shine, with refreshments following.
Limited seating will be available.
Veterans Memorial honors veterans, living and deceased, with
engraved pavers and a “Wall of Honor” which lists the names of
service members who attended Stillwater area schools and lost their
lives in time of war, from the Civil War to the present.
Veterans Memorial Dedication
On Memorial Day
2004, the St. Croix Valley dedicated a Memorial that honors those
who made the ultimate sacrifice, those who served honorably in the
past, those who serve today, and future service men and women. The
entire Veterans Memorial Committee wishes to thank all those who
made this memorial possible through generous gifts and support. The
Memorial will stand as a lasting tribute for generations to come.
Engraved granite pavers are available to honor any veteran of
military service including personnel presenting serving in the
military. Pavers also may be purchased to honor veterans who served
in the Armed Forces of United States military allies. Three
recipients of the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration
awarded by the United States government, are honored with pavers:
Mary Edwards Walker (Civil War-Army), Mike Colalillo (WWII-Army) and
Bernard J.D. Irwin (Civil War-Army). The cost of a paver is $300.
WALL OF HONOR
Names of all veterans from Stillwater area schools who died in
service of their country are inscribed on the Wall of Honor around
the base of the spire. A star on the paver indicates that the
veteran’s name is on the Wall of Honor. Anyone may sponsor one of
the Wall of Honor names. Each sponsor receives a personalized
plaque. The cost of sponsorship is $300.