GRAND FORKS — The idea for Veterans Memorial Park in Grand Forks first came to mind back in 2010. However, it really didn’t get going until seven years later. This weekend, it will be unveiled in front of hundreds from across the state.
For Karen Klava, it’s the day she has been waiting for for a long time to see her son’s block along the Walk of Honor. Her son Jordon served in Iraq along with his best friend.
“They were out together that day,” Klava said. “The pride we have that he went.”
That friend was National Guard Specialist Michael Hermanson. The 21 year old from Fargo was killed that day when his vehicle was hit by a grenade.
“They were just kids,” Klava said.
A thousand names of veterans who have served line the Walk of Honor, one of the main pieces of the new Veterans Memorial Park in Grand Forks.
“I think it is very important to bring closure to our veterans, who need to understand we love them, we support them and we stand beside them,” said park board member Gary Shields, who sits on the park board’s fundraising chair.
The focal point of the park is a 40-foot-wide