Franken Presents U.S. Capitol Flag at Virginia Memorial
Posted at: 09/02/2012 8:03 PM
| Updated at: 09/02/2012 10:42 PM
A flag from the U.S. Capitol was presented to a group in Virginia.
The Virginia memorial committee dedicated a statue to honor military vets in August, but September 2 the group received another honor. Senator Al Franken presented an American flag flown at the U.S. Capitol to show the country's support of Iron Range vets.
"It's an amazing community effort and a beautiful memorial,” U.S. Senator Al Franken said. “This is a very moving piece, and I congratulate all the members of the committee that got this done.”
Veterans on the committee said they were honored to receive the flag, and proud to have the statue completed. The project took 14 years of planning and cost about $700,000.
“We felt that we should have a world class tribute for the iron range veterans because so much of the iron range went into all these wars,” Veteran Memorial Committee Chairman Tom Berrigan said.
The memorial project is not complete, but a work in progress. The committee will add granite markers to the memorial to tribute the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.