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Veterans Park

Designed as a park to honor those who served our country in war as in peace, the Belle Plaine Veterans Memorial Park is meant to be a place for reflection. The park's design and construction were almost entirely funded by donations and volunteer labor. The Belle Plaine Veterans Club solicited the donations from local citizens and businesses and volunteered over 2,000 hours of labor. Many local merchants donated equipment, labor or supplies towards the park's construction. The park is highly visable to travelers along State Highway 169.

The annual Memorial Day program is held at Veterans Park and elaborate holiday decorations by the Belle Plaine Historical Society light up the park each year.  The City acquired the land in early 1990’s for the purpose of the Highway 169 underpass and trail extension and the American Legion Post 144 and VFW Post #6202 established the park in 2001.  Light poles were added in 2005. The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts help with projects at Veterans Park.


With the assistance of local resident Dave Spalding, the helicopter was placed on display the same year. The focal point of the park is a retired U. S. Army UH-1H Iroquois "Huey" Helicopter. The Huey (tail number 68-15369) was brought to the park from Fort Rucker, Alabama. It was in service from 1968 to 1987 and saw time in Vietnam with the 11th Cavarly Regiment (Blackhorse) and the 118th Assault Helicopter Company (Thunderbirds). After the war it served with NASA, the 1st Armored Division and other U. S. Army units.
The park has a flag display a top its small hill with the flags of the United States, Minnesota, Belle Plaine, POW/MIA, U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy and Coast Guard, Prisoner of War, and an engraved memorial stone. 


As the city's bike path winds through the park there is the beginnings of a "Flag Boulevard". Sixteen foot tall flagpoles placed ten feet apart, all flying "Old Glory". Each pole is engraved with the name(s) of one or more veterans both living and deceased. There are over twenty poles sold and installed as of June 2003. If you wish to add to this lasting tribute, contact the Belle Plaine Vets Club.

Address: 
101 East Commerce Drive
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Veterans Park
U. S. Army UH-1H Iroquois "Huey" Helicopter
Flag Boulevard

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