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June 26, 2018    > > > Hy-Vee 37th St. Check presentation

Hy-Vee Memorial Day grilling fundraiser raised $500 in tips and proceeds for Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.

Marthamae Kottschade and Erik Schacht from Hy-Vee on 37th Street present SFVM Committee Member Terry Throndson, with the Check.

Our sincere thanks to Hy-Vee 37th Street and all the participants who made this possible.

June 2018    > > > Installing Pavers

Lonnie Hebl SFVM President and Merle Peterson Committee Member place THE LAST PAVER

Lonnie Hebl adjusting
one of the last pavers

The experts at work, finishing the installation
of the pavers in sections 160 & 161

Our sincere thanks to all the volunteers who did the work
to install these pavers

May 28, 2018    > > > Memorial Day Grilling Event

Hy-Vee hosting event to benefit Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial


Purchase hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soda at the outdoor grilling event and support the perpetual care fund of the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to help ensure that Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial remains one of the finest in the country.


11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

         Monday, May 28, 2018



        500 37th Street NW

                Rochester, MN


March 22, 2018    > > > Lonnie Hebl - New President of SFVM

On March 22, 2018 Wayne Stillman decided to step down as President of Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial. Wayne has served in that position since its formation in 1995.
He will remain on the board as President Emeritus.

Lonnie Hebl was unanimously elected to serve as President.

Lonnie has been working with the Memorial committee for about the past 20 years. Since the beginning Lonnie has worked with the Sentence to Serve program to furnish labor for much of the construction. Lonnie personally has been in charge of and himself worked to install the 6000 pavers that are at the Memorial. The work Lonnie has done is too massive to list but includes, installation of lighting, landscaping work, repair and upkeep of the lighting, installation of benches and was there when any work had to be done.

The SFVM Committee thanks you for your leadership.

February 2018    > > > Thank you ELKS LODGE

Bob Brown of the Elks Lodge presenting check to Wayne Stillman to sponsor transportation charges for school kids to visit the Memorial.

February 8, 2018    > > > Paver Sales Completed

The design of the Memorial included space for approximately 6,000 pavers, each recognizing a Veteran by name or a Veterans' Organization or All Veterans.
As of today, the sale of pavers has been completed.

To SEARCH the DATABASE go to: SFVM.org/vm-veterans-ALL.php

The Memorial Committee sincerely thanks all those who contributed to the Memorial in this way and for all other donations made to make this Memorial what it is today.

This Memorial, was conceived in 1995, and has been built without tax dollars due to the time, talent and treasure contributed by the Memorial Committee and the countless other volunteers and donors who contributed in significant ways to honor those who served.

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial has become a destination in itself and a Memorial to our Veterans that Rochester can be proud of.

December 2017    > > > SFVM Committee Members & "The Red Kettle"

Dave Senjem & Floyd Riester

Al & Cindy Maves

October 2017    > > > SPECIAL GUESTS from Gibbs Elementary School

Mr. Kerr,

THANK YOU for the wonderful tour!
We so appreciate it!
The students are also very thankful for the bracelets, flags, and books!
Thanks again!!!!

Third Gade Team
Gibbs Elementary
Rochester Minnesota

September 14, 2017    > > > SPECIAL GUESTS

Congressional Medal of Honor recipients

James McCloughan and Ken Stumpf

took a Guided tour (Given by Scott Eggert - center) of
Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial while visiting Rochester.

September 1, 2017    > > > SFVM SHORT CUTS

SOLDIERS FIELD VETERANS MEMORIAL is located on the web at:


but here is the secret... next time USE THE SHORT FORM: SFVM.org

Some other "quick links" for your convenience include:

To SEARCH for a VETERAN'S NAME go to: SFVM.org/veterans


To SEND US YOUR COMMENTS go to: SFVM.org/comments


June 24, 2017    > > > ROCHESTERFEST PARADE

The SFVM float at the Rochesterfest Parade.
Max Harrison: Marine, Justin Shellhart: Navy, Walt Franz: Army
Eric Kerska (Battalion Fire chief): Army & Mrs Eric Kerska.

visit Rochesterfest on-line: http://www.rochesterfest.com/
May 29, 2017    > > > MEMORIAL DAY grilling event hosted by 37th Street Hy-Vee

Your 37th Street Hy-Vee hosted a Memorial Day grilling event on Monday, May 29. Customers were invited to purchase hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, soda or water and support the perpetual care fund of the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.

The event also showcased a flag display (US flag, POW-MIA flag as well as service branch flags), Bells for Eternity and volunteers representing the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial committee.

Fifteen percent of all proceeds were donated to help ensure that Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial remains one of the finest in the country. At the end of the event, a grand total of $459.51 was presented to Terry Throndson, current board member and owner of the Bells for Eternity.

Our thanks to 37th Street Hy-Vee for hosting this event and to all who enjoyed the good food.
April - July 2017    > > > SHARE YOUR STORY

VETERANS - Share Your Story

The Post Bulletin is looking for stories from area veterans for the 2017 Veterans Day magazine.

If you would like to submit a story for review, send a 700 words or less typed page with photos to:
Shelley Pohlman at Shelleypohlman903@gmail.com
mail to:
2606 France Avenue, Red Wing, MN 55066.

Deadline is August 1, 2017

We will edit your story when necessary.

link to Post Bulletin

December 2016    > > > RED KETTLES & American Legion Post 92

American Legion Post 92
Honor Guard Members
Oakie Brumm and Steve Leqve

Angie Hillestad, Office Manager of the American Legion Post 92, and her two grand daughters
November 2016    > > > BEAUTIFUL FALL DAY

The Memorial - in formal Fall dress

Deb Throndson - adding
to the beauty of the season
November 11, 2016    > > > VETERANS' DAY BREAKFAST

The sixteenth annual Veterans' Day program was held Friday,
November 11, at the Rochester International Event Center
near the Rochester Airport.

Carol Stillman getting prepared
to meet volunteers

Honored Guests
enjoying breakfast

Gene Eiden and Les Fields
waiting to play

Harry Kerr
our Featured Speaker

Ian Hoot and Lee Swendson
102nd B Day

Lyle Duxbury (driver of cart)
with Harry Kerr

Our food servers
(one side)

Stage with Flags

VFW Honor Guard

Wayne Stillman, Rich Peterson MC
and Carla Nelson State Senator

Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial late afternoon on November 2, 2016. The formal dedication of the WWII Honor Flight bench.
This bench is located along the sidewalk to the west of the Memorial.

Our thanks and sincere appreciation to the many Volunteers that made these memorable flights possible for our WW II Veterans.

October 23, 2016    > > > 2nd ANNUAL BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

image Marine Corps Reserve TOYS FOR TOTS

Last year, Toys For Tots collected almost 24,000 toys and delivered them to 10,000 children in Southeast Minnesota.

With your help, we can do even better this year!

100% of proceeds donated to: SEMN Toys For Tots

Marine Corps Reserve

VFW Post #1215
16 - 6th Street S.W.
Rochester, MN

Sunday, October 23, 2016
8:00 am to 12:00 noon

$6 - OR - bring a toy and
eat for FREE

Everyone is Welcome




image Minnesota POW/MIA Riders Associatioin


September 16, 2016    > > > NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY
image Minnesota POW/MIA Riders Associatioin

The Minnesota POW/MIA Riders Association will be holding a Candlelight vigil at the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial

300 7th St SW, Rochester, MN 55904

at 6pm On Friday September 16th 2016

in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Everyone is Welcome

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the nation on the third Friday of September each year. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.

The Minnesota POW/MIA Riders Association made a promise that
we will NEVER FORGET the over 83,000 still missing service members
until they all come home.

Please join us in remembering!

For questions please contact
Scott Eggert at 507-933-2414 or email at scottpeggert@gmail.com

May 30, 2016    > > > MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM, Rochester MN

On Monday May 30, 2016, the Rochester Memorial Day Program will start with music from the Plummer Carillon at 9:15AM. At 9:45 AM, there will be a procession from the American Legion/Central Park along 1st Avenue to Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial.

After the procession, the Memorial Day Program at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial will start at 10:30 AM.

At the conclusion of the Program, the veteran organizations will be honoring the dead whose remains are at sea at the Center Street Bridge at noon.

After the services at the Center Street Bridge, there will be services at the local cemeteries as listed below.


The American Legion Post # 92 at the following locations:
Oakwood Cemetery 12:15 PM - Fisherman Inn 1:30 PM - Pleasant Prairie 2:30 PM - Oakwood #2 3:30 PM

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #1215:
Grandview 1:00 PM - Marion 1:45 PM - Fairview 2:30 PM - St. Bridget 3:30 PM

The Marine Corps League Thor Detachment #606 at the following locations:
Calvary 12:45 PM - Farm Hill 2:10 PM - Quarry Hill Park West 3:15 PM

Contact Information for Press Release on
Memorial Day Program 2016 Rochester, MN:
Joe P Brown Sr. President Rochester Veterans Memorial Association
Email: Brown49tex@charter.net
Phone Cell: (507) 990-1347


April 4, 2016    > > > HONOR A VETERAN
image of sample pavers

The Post-Bulletin, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Soldiers Field Memorial Committee are all working to create a special commemorative print section for Veterans Day. The section will be published in the Post-Bulletin on November 3, 2016.

Photographs and stories will describe military events and personal stories from members of the Armed Forces.

STORIES: The Post-Bulletin is looking for stories from area veterans for the 2016 Veterans Day Magazine. If you would like to submit a story for review, send a 750 word or less typed page with photos to Sue Johnson at Suefj1@gmail.com or mail to 6423 Granite Dr NW Rochester MN 55901. Deadline is August 1, 2016. We reserve the right to edit your story for size & clarity. This year we are focusing on the remembrance of 9/11 but welcome your story from any era in the military

PHOTOGRAPHS: As part this special commemorative section, you are able to honor a veteran by sending their photo for publication in this magazine. This is a tremendous opportunity to educate and inform people, as well as pay tribute to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces, protecting our freedoms.

Cost is $20


Deadline to send photographs and text is October 6, 2016.


For more information or to receive a submission form,
email veterans@postbulletin.com or call 507-285-7600.



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