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ELS Military Monument Groundbreaking
November 11 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Bethany Lutheran College campus has been chosen as the permanent home of a commissioned military monument for the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). The ELS owns and operates Bethany. The monument will be positioned in the area east of Division Street and west of the Edgewood Place residence hall.
The monument/sculpture, featuring two bronze statues depicting both Reformation age (Sixteenth Century) and modern-day warriors preparing for battle while reading the Holy Bible, is being designed and sculpted by Bethany alumnus and artist Jason Jaspersen.
Groundbreaking for the site will take place on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019.
The Rev. Daniel McQuality will be the preacher for the 10 a.m. chapel service in BLC’s Trinity Chapel. Professor Steve Reagles will be delivering the address at the outdoor on-site groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m.
Military Monument Committee members taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony include, Mr. Dennis Behr, (U.S. Navy Retired), Mr. Raymond Pederson (U.S. Navy Veteran), Reverend Glenn Obenberger (Vice President of the ELS), Reverend Larry Wentzlaff (U.S. Army Veteran). Turning shovels are Reverend John Moldstad (President of the ELS), Dr. Gene Pfeifer (President of Bethany Lutheran College, The Honorable Najwa Massad (Mayor of Mankato) Mrs. Rebecca DeGarmeaux (ELS Ottesen Museum Director), and a student representative from Bethany Lutheran College.
A color guard comprised of local active and retired armed forces representatives will also be present for the outdoor ceremony.
About the ELS military monument:
The ELS military monument was first proposed in 2012 and has been planned by the ELS Board for Christian Service. The purpose of this monument is to honor those in the ELS who have served their fellow citizens through the god-pleasing vocation of military service, and to enhance its value and appreciation among our membership, Bethany Lutheran College’s student body, and the Mankato community.
In addition to erecting this military monument, the ELS Ottesen Museum will work together with the Christ in Media Institute in developing and hosting a programmable kiosk to recognize ELS veterans and provide their information for further reflection and research.
Goodrich Construction, a local Mankato contractor, will do site prep for the project, and the granite work and engraving will be done by Monuments by Thomas J. Miller of rural Mankato.