Landscape Architect & Specifier News

FEB 2016

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52 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The Minnesota Military Family Tribute is the latest addition to a growing family of monuments along the Minnesota Capitol Mall in St. Paul. From the steps of the Beaux-Arts Minnesota State Capitol designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert in 1905, the rolling 18-acre mall fans outward to include the Minnesota World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and other monuments that draw thousands of visitors annually. Located along the southern half of the Capitol Mall, the Minnesota Military Family Tribute anchors the military memorials to pay tribute to Minnesota's military families. Rather than tied to a single war or event, the Family Tribute honors the spouses, significant others, children, parents, grandparents, siblings and others who provided home-front support to military personnel, from the Civil War to the unfolding Middle East conflict. As such, the Family Tribute holds deep meaning for all Minnesota's military and nonmilitary families—and hopefully inspires other states to build similar tributes. Planning The Minnesota Military Family Tribute grew from the vision of William J. "Bill" Popp, of Popp Communications. In November 2004, Popp established the Minnesota Military Family Foundation to assist military families. In June 2009, he promoted the idea to construct a tribute that honors military families. To realize his dream, Popp created the Minnesota Military Family Tribute (MMFT) 501(c)3 organization, with a mission to build a tribute that would forever honor every military and veteran family member—past, present and future. Working with the Capitol Area Architectural Planning Board, the MMFT sponsored a competition to design a tribute in front of the Veterans Services Building. A jury of military veterans and designers unanimously selected HGA Architects and Engineers in November 2010 to design the Family Tribute—the first such tribute in the United States, which was dedicated on June 13, 2015. Design Details Through landscape, hardscape and monuments, the 1.5-acre Family Tribute explores the concept of home and family through spatial Previous Page, Middle & Below At the eastern end of the promenade of the Minnesota Military Family Tribute on the St. Paul Capitol Mall is a crushed stone surfaced area with 'Story Stones.' Each stone represents one of Minnesota's 87 counties. Story Stones is a visual connection between loved ones deployed for military duty and their families at home. Correspondences sent between soldiers and family members from the Civil War to the present are etched onto the stones, providing a window into the lives of military families and their sacrifices. The stones were installed by Margolis Co., and engraved by Stone & Steel Design. The two etched stones (back to front) read: "Be a good girl Mary…Daddy will come home some day again."—1945 Stearns "There is no language that can describe, no pen, picture, or painting that can or ever will illustrate the scenes that transpired."—1862 Waseca

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