Veterans Day ceremony in at Victory Memorial Drive

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Remembering those who served, 100 years after WWI armistice

Hundreds brave the cold for ceremony along Minneapolis/Robbinsdale border

November 11, 2018 - 11:57 am

Flagpole Plaza and Victory Memorial Drive on the border of Minneapolis and Robbinsdale took on special meaning today

Several hundred bundled up against the cold on this Veterans Day to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I.  

"It's been 100 years since the armistis was declared," said Robbinsdale city council member George Selman. "It's really astounding to think it was that long ago, and also, in some ways, not so long ago.

Victory Memorial Drive includes 568 trees, one for every service man and woman from Hennepin County who died in World War I.

The memorial was dedicated in 1921 and fully restored in 2011. At four miles long, the memorial is one of the largest to commemorate was had originally been called the Great War.

The main flag behind the stage set up for the ceremony had been lowered to half-staff. The flagpole was installed nearly a century ago to cast a shadow across the cement marker every Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The shadow this year was faint because of overcast skies, but the sentiment wasn't any less diminished.