Hundreds gather in Fillmore County to pay tribute to WWI veterans

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PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) — Hundreds gathered Tuesday night in Fillmore County to celebrate the restoration of the World War 1 Memorial Entrance in Preston.

WWI Memorial, Preston
The newly restored WWI Memorial at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds.

Constructed nearly 100 years ago, the entrance welcomed home the soldiers from World War 1, when they arrived home on August 26, 1919.

During Tuesday night’s ceremony, military aircraft performed a flyover, while several figures spoke about the war and sang songs of remembrance.

With 18 different American Legion and VFW posts in Fillmore County, many veterans joined forces to pay tribute.

WWI Memorial, Preston
Military planes fly over the newly restored WWI Memorial at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds.

“For me personally, walking through that, it’s neat to see the restoration come together, to see what that money did to improve it, so that structure can stand hopefully another hundred years. Fillmore County in whole is a red, white and blue county. They remember their veterans, they remember their history, they honor their veterans,” said Nathan Pike, Memorial Rifle Commander at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Preston.

Pike said Fillmore County raised more than $7,200 to help restore the monument. He said it was really great to see so many people turn out, despite the muggy and rainy conditions.

WWI Memorial, Preston
Holden Krusemark

Holden Krusemark

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