Veterans Day (always November 11th in remembrance of the WWI armistice) falls on a Thursday in 2021.
Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate Veterans Day that honors America’s veterans while still age-appropriate for kids? How about one of the Twin Cities’ Veteran Memorial Parks? This is a great way to introduce small children to Veterans Day and the contributions of men and women who have served in the armed forces without overwhelming them. You can spend an age-appropriate amount of time at the memorial and then let the kids run and play on a nearby playground
Minneapolis Veterans Memorial Parks
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has dedicated memorial parks that honor Minnesota and Hennepin County veterans from WWI and WWII. Each memorial site features a monument and plaques dedicated to fallen soldiers. They are also intended to offer a peaceful setting to commemorate lost loved ones and contemplate world peace.
- Sheridan Memorial Park | 1300 Water St. NE | Sheridan Memorial Park commemorates all veterans from Minnesota and emphasizes the cost of war and importance of peace. Open 6 am-10 pm, the park features trails and a river overlook centered around a large spherical sculpture of protective shields created by a local artist.
- Victory Memorial Parkway | Theodore Wirth Parkway to 45th Avenue North then east to Lyndale Avenue North | Victory Memorial Parkway monument salutes the bravery and sacrifices of people from Hennepin County who lost their lives in World War I Visit Victory Park when you want a play break. Victory Memorial Drive is part of the historic 50-mile Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System.
Other Twin Cities Veterans Memorial Parks
- Andover: Bunker Hills Regional Park | 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, (follow the nearby path to find a real tank).
- Blaine: Tom Ryan Park | 10802 Town Square Drive Northeast, |See a preview of this large memorial here.
- Eagan: Central Park, Veterans Memorial Plaza| 1507 Central Pkwy,
- Eden Prairie: Purgatory Creek Park | 13001 Technology Drive
- Edina: Utley Park | 4521 W. 50th St. | To make your visit more impactful, print this 101-page booklet that tells the life stories of the veterans honored at the site.
- Plymouth: Veterans Memorial | Adjacent to Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd.
- Richfield: Veterans Memorial Park | 6335 Portland Ave,
- Shakopee: Memorial Park, Shakopee | 1801 County Road 101
- St. Anthony Village: Central Park | 3503 Silver Lake Rd NE
- St. Louis Park: Wolfe Park | 3700 Monterey Drive
- St Paul: Harriet Island Regional Park | 200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd
- Woodbury: Lions Veterans Memorial | Adjacent to Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road
Celebrate Veterans Day at Events Around the Twin Cities
- Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum – Annual Military Trains Exhibit – Veterans Day Weekend
- Find more events on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website.
I’m sure we missed some parks with memorials. Leave us a comment and we’ll add your favorite park for next year.