Couple brings veterans memorial to Forest Lake
FOREST LAKE — A memorial honoring veterans was erected near the Forest Lake office and clubhouse July 11.
Forest Lake residents Darrell and Nancy Boldt paid for the monument and donated it to the community. Nancy said they had traveled through many small towns and communities and saw beautiful monuments dedicated to men and women in the military, and she felt Forest Lake needed one. She said she has also realized that there are many veterans in the area who deserve to be honored.
“I’ve run into so many veterans in this area,” she said. “During the Vietnam War, Michigan was the highest draft for the war. A lot of veterans moved north to find peace, and I’ve run into hundreds upon hundreds of veterans in this area.”
Peace and gratitude are what Nancy hopes veterans can find when they visit the memorial.
“First of all, I hope they see it as the fact that there’s somebody out there that cares,” she said. “There are people out there that care. I want them to know they are appreciated.”
“If you understand veterans with PTSD, you understand that they need somewhere they can go for a few minutes to have some peace to remember their comrades,” Nancy said.
Nancy said she and Darrell approached the Forest Lake Property Owners Association about the project and were given the OK. After acquiring the different features of the monument — a flagpole with an American and prisoners of war flag, concrete soldiers with a bronze coating to represent the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force, a cross and an eagle — the community chipped in to finish the project.
“Everybody in the community came together and helped us carry the statues and helped us with the mulch and landscaping,” she said.
Overall, from start to finish the project took about six months of work and planning, Nancy said.