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Cannon Falls, MN (KROC AM News) - Organizers of a planned veterans memorial near Cannon Falls say their goal is to make it “one of the largest Veterans Memorial Parks in the United States.”

The organization’s website is even bolder - it reads “Largest veterans commemorative park of its kind in North America.”

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday at the site of the planned memorial, which covers 95 acres west of Highway 52 just south of Cannon Falls.

According to the organization:

The American Veterans Memorial Park will feature 11 war memorials, athletic fields, a history museum and a 200,000 square foot banquet hall and education center.

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Toufong Lor, founder of American Veterans Memorial Park
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The memorial is scheduled to be built in phases and construction is expected to begin this summer.

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Cannon Falls Mayor, Mayor Jon Atlhoff, a U.S. Air Force veteran, says he is looking forward to the project taking shape. “We expect this park will put our community on the map and bring people to town,” he said. “The scope of the project is robust, and its mission is sincere."

City Administrator Neil Jensen said he believes the park will bring people to the area and allow them to explore the many things Cannon Falls has to offer. "The economic impact for Cannon Falls is going to be tremendous,” he said. “The plans for this project will make what's happening here a destination.”

Here is a video of the groundbreaking from 3HMONGTV NEWS:

 

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