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Holdingford, Minnesota: The Soldier's Shrine: First U.S. WWII Memorial

Dedicated on September 6, 1942. Features statues of Jesus, four angels, and concrete lambs. 540 loads of rocks went into building it.

Address:
300 Cedar St., Holdingford, MN
Directions:
On the north side of Cedar St., just west of its intersection with 3rd St.
Admission:
Free
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The Soldier's Shrine.

The Soldier's Shrine

The Soldier's Shrine, built in 1942, was the first U.S. memorial dedicated to the veterans of World War II. The shrine was built with stones from surrounding farm fields, by the parishioners of St. Hedwig's Church (which is across the street) and the community. Features Jesus, four angels, and many lambs.

[Rana Campbell, 07/21/2023]

Dedicated on September 6, 1942, the shrine was the vision of St. Hedwig's Father Kromolicki. Four metal crosses memorialize the four Holdingford soldiers who died in the war.


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