Iron Range Veterans’ Memorial Park
The Iron Range Veterans’ Memorial in Virginia consists of nine life-sized figures representing all the wars from WWI to the Persian Gulf. They stand in front of an eagle with wings outstretched and head thrown back. This statue was commissioned to honor all veterans from the Iron Range. It cost approximately $1 million, an amount raised over more than 14 years of fundraising with mostly private donations. Black granite markers commemorate each of the wars. In front of the sculpture embedded in the ground are approximately 1,100 engraved pavers honoring individual veterans. Next to the walkway leading to the statue is one final black granite marker explaining what each figure is and what war they represent in the words of the sculptor, a local Iron Range man named Gareth Andrews. The Iron Range Veterans Memorial is located in City Central Park in Virginia, on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Second Street North.
To purchase a memorial brick paver, available in three sizes, call 218-744-3952 or 218-744-2140. Proceeds are used for upkeep of the memorial.