Event will recognize 100th anniversary of World War I

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Hennepin County Minnesota


Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Event will recognize World War I a century later

The community will join in recognizing Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of World War I armistice on Sunday, November 11, along Victory Memorial Drive.

The armistice ended fighting on land, sea and air between U.S. allies and their last opponent, Germany.

Event details

  • Sunday, November 11, 10 a.m.
  • Flagpole plaza at 45th Avenue North and Victory Memorial Drive

Featured program

  • Prominent speakers on the war’s local history
  • Musician Robert Robinson
  • 21-gun salute
  • Moment of silence at 11 a.m.

The flagpole will cast a shadow on the plaza around 11 a.m., weather permitting.

See the bottom of this news release for the full event schedule.

Hennepin County is sponsoring this event in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and City of Robbinsdale.

More about Victory Memorial Drive

Trees and monuments along Victory Memorial Drive honor the 568 Hennepin County service men and women who died in World War I. Dedicated to fallen soldiers in 1921 and rededicated in 2011, the drive is located in the northwest area of Minneapolis and the eastern border of Robbinsdale.

Learn more about the memorial’s history at hennepin.us/victorymemorialdrive.

Full event schedule

Master of Ceremonies

Linda Higgins, Hennepin County Board

Prelude “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

Robert Robinson

Posting of the Colors

General Colin L. Powell Leadership Academy JROTC Color Guard


The Reverend Linda Koelman


George Selman, Robbinsdale City Council

Pledge of Allegiance



Linda Higgins, Hennepin County Board

“Bring Him Home”

Robert Robinson


Mike Opat, Hennepin County Board

Phillipe Cunningham, Minneapolis City Council

Kale Severson, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Rob Pengelly, Consulate General of Canada

“If You’re Reading This” (Tim McGraw)

Robert Robinson

“In Flanders Fields” (John McCrae)

Patrick R. Burns

World War I and Victory Memorial history

Steve Chicoine

The African American Experience

Tina Burnside

“God Bless America”

Robert Robinson


The Reverend Linda Koelman

21-gun salute

Charles Knaeble VFW Post #494 Rifle Squad


Tom Case, trumpeter

Retiring of the Colors

Charles Knaeble VFW Post #494 Rifle Squad

General Colin L. Powell Leadership Academy JROTC Color Guard

“The Last Post Bugle Call”

Tom Case, trumpeter

11 a.m.

Shadow of flagpole at marker and two-minute moment of silence

“The Rouse Bugle Call”

Tom Case, trumpeter

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