Area Event Schedule

Events of military and veteran related interest within the area.

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall - Willmar

In the course of our nation's history brave young men and women have had to fight and sacrifice to keep America free and secure.

With great excitement we announce plans for the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to come to Robbins Island in Willmar in 2016. USMHC in conjunction with the Veterans Central Council will be a part of this special opportunity to remember thoce who sacrificed their all.

Decades ago millions of men and women were sent to Southeast Asia to fight a war in Vietnam, over 58,000 never returned. Their names forever enshrined in history.

A stark, vivid tribute to their service and sacrifice was created with the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC in the 1980's. Known as "The Wall That Heals" it has offered closure and solice to the millions who view it. Soon after, smaller traveling versions of this memorial began traveling the country offing that same solemn tribute.

We are pleased to announce that The Traveling Wall will be visiting central Minnesota this summer in Willmar. Volunteers have been actively working to bring this hallowed tribute to the region to honor those who have given their all in the service to this country.

The Wall will be at Robbins Island Park in Willmar July 1, 2, 3, & 4th, 2016. It is sponsored by the Veterans Central Council, a 501c3 nonprofit organization comprised of members of the American Legion, VFW, and DAV clubs of Willmar. USMHC will provide a display of Vietnam items in conjuction with this event.

Donations can be made and mailed to: Veterans Central Council PO Box 251 Kandiyohi, MN 56251 Please mark "The Wall" in the memo line.

Veteran's Day Observance 2015

The 2015 event took place on November 9th, 10th, and 11th back at the War Memorial Auditorium in Willmar. Displays of over 5,000 miltiary items from the Civil War through Modern Day and history of hundreds of veterans open and available for public viewing. We had a great turnout over the three day event!

A Special Observance Program was held Wednesday, November 11th at 7:30pm. The year's featured speaker was Commander Mitch Schueler, US Naval Reserve. Mitch has been active in the program for years, and we were honoerd to have Mitch give the Veteran's Day address. Special music was provided by the West Central Connection Chorus.

For more info on CDR Schueler, click here.

Veteran's Day Observance 2014

The 2014 Veteran's Day Observance was scheduled for November 10, 11 & 12 at the Kandi Mall Shopping Center. Due to the repairs happening at the War Memorial Auditorium in Willmar, the event was without a home until late September. Thanks to the Generousity of the Kandi Mall, they allowed for the use of the former K-Mart property to host the 2014 event.

The 2014 Veteran's Day Observance was a great success with around 1,300 attending this year. Thank you to all who braved the weather and checked it out! Special thanks to the Kandi Mall Shopping Center for allowing us to host it there!

A Special Observance Program was held the evening of November 11th, at 7:30 pm. The featured speaker for the event was Lieutenant Zack Liebl.

For more info on Lt. Liebl, click here.

The weather caused an issue and an extra day was added. Thank you to all who attended the event. Special thanks to the Blue Star Mothers of Mn Chapter 1, American Legion Auxilary Post 167, and the We Honor Vets Program from Rice Hospice for being a part of this event.

Veteran's Night with the Stingers:

The Willmar Stingers Baseball team, along with Central Lakes Coop & Uncommon USA once again hosted a special Veteran Night. USMHC had the opportunity to recommend 10 veterans for a special recognition during the pre-game for the July 2nd game in association with Kandiyohi County Veteran Services.

For full info, click here.

70th Anniversary - D-Day & John Anderson Memorial Service

70 years ago, on June 6th, 1944 thousands of Allied troops stormed the shores of Normandy for the liberation of France and eventually Europe from the clutches of Nazi control in WWII. One Kandiyohi County man, John Anderson, served there and was taken from us there.

On June 6th, 2014 a special Memorial service was held in Willmar Honoring John's service & sacrifice, but also the service of all who served in World War II.

For full info, click here.

For more info on John Anderson, click here.

Veteran's Day Observance 2013

The 2013 Veteran's Day Observance was a great success! Over 1,200 people attended the event. The featured speaker was Major General Gerald E. Lang - Assistant Deputy Commanding General - Army Materiel Command. We hope to see you at the 2014 event!

Thank you all who gave their time and energy making the 2013 event a success. Also, special thank you to those who made financial contributions for the purchase of a trailer for display fixtures.

For more info on MG Lang, click here.

Thunder Road Feature Film Awareness Drive

Thunder Road is a planned feature film by Astoria Entertainment about an OIF/OEF Veteran adjusting to coming home after war and dealing with PTSD. On 16 August Screenwriter and Actor Steven Grayhm and actor Matt Dallas traveled to Willimar to raise awareness about the subject of PTSD and the film. USMHC was asked to provide a small display for this event sponsored by AmVets post 214. A live outdoor concert was held with the Walking Phoenixes playing for the crowd.

For full info, click here.

Veteran's Fishing Expo

On Saturday, May 18 USMHC was asked to attend the Veteran's Fishing Expo in Willmar at the National Guard Armory. The event was sponsored by the Elks Lodge #952 and all events were free to Veterans.

For more info, click here.

Veteran's Day Observance 2012

The 2012 Veteran's Day Observance Was a great success. Plans are already underway for the 2013 event. Mark your calendars now for November 11, 12, & 13, 2013. Thank you to all who helped with set up, school tours, and contributed to the collection.

For photos of the 2012 event, click here.

Stand & Salute honor event at the MN Twins

On July 27th I had the honor of being able to present the Stand & Salute Honor Award to a combat wounded veteran from Iraqi Freedom. I had nominated this individual for the award, and the presentation was held at Target Field prior to a Minnesota Twins Game.

For full info, click here.

Silver Star Presentation 2011

On Saturday, 12 November 2011, A program was held to honor Ron Mackedanz. Mackedanz served in Vietnam, and was be presented with the Silver Star for his actions in 1969 after 42 years.

For photos of the Silver Star Presentation, click here.

For more info on Ron Mackedanz, click here.

For Video of the Silver Star Presentation, click here.

Veteran's Day Observance event friends:

Blue Star Mothers of America
Minnesota Chapter 1

Members of the Minnesota Blue Star Mothers of America organization have been on hand to share with all who attended the event what their organization does.