A dedication ceremony took place Sunday, June 9, at Memorial Park in northeast Brainerd for a monument to World War II veterans.

The monument was installed to honor the 16 million American servicemen and women in the war, of which 416,800 died in the conflict.

"They were America's greatest generation," stated organizers in a news release.

The project was headed up by Maurice "Maury" Mogensen, past commander of the Brainerd VFW. Brainerd Mayor Ed Menk welcomed the addition to the city. The keynote speaker was Tony Sailer, Brainerd Parks and Recreation director, who spoke of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 as "a day which will live in infamy."

"Germany's Adolf Hitler said Americans were soft. It was America's greatest generation that won through to a final victory of unconditional surrender of the forces of evil," organizers stated in the release.

Contributions to build the monument came from local organizations including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Eagles, Elks, Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.