Final Piece Completes MN Fallen Firefighter Memorial
A new memorial honoring Minnesota fallen firefighters arrived at the State Capitol in St. Paul Tuesday morning.
The sculpture traveled 50 miles from Howard Lake; where it hardened to handle the outdoors.
The statue was escorted by 11 fire departments across town, and ended on the grounds of the State Capitol.
The statue is the final piece of the new Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial.
It will be situated in the middle of a pavilion, surrounded by 100 columns; each with names inscribed for the 208 Minnesota firefighters who died in the line of duty.
This year the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation has been working to identify more than 100 unidentified fallen firefighters since 1881.
Minnesotans may remember seeing this statue before, it was originally on display in the baggage area of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.
It will remain covered until it is unveiled Sunday afternoon. A dedication service will be held from 2-4 pm Sunday.
This memorial was designed pro-bono by the same architectural firm that designed the World War Two memorial in Washington D.C.