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Veterans Memorial

Vets Memorial with Courthouse

On the lawn of the Brown County Courthouse proudly rests a memorial which pays a lasting tribute to all Brown County veterans- past, present and future.

The Brown County Veterans' Memorial was completed and became a reality after two long years of planning and construction.  It was dedicated on Veterans' Day (November 11), 1999

By the spring of 2012 the memorial’s maximum capacity of 2,155 paver stones were rapidly consuming the allotted space. A plan was devised to install 14 vertical granite panels designed to accommodate 77 memorial engravings on each side. Estimates to complete the project we set at $90,000 and a capital campaign was begun. The memorial renovation project began in the late fall of 2014 and the final four flat pavers were laid on 6 October 2014. Four vertical black granite panels were lowered into place on 8 September 2015. 22 names have been added to the vertical engraved panels with space for 2,134 future engraved names. A lasting tribute for decades to come.

Memorial Engraving 28 Sept 2016

Memorial Engraving: 9/28/2016. A hooded Jesse Ellerbroek, owner of Heritage Memorials and Stone Creations in New Ulm delicately uses a sand blaster to engrave names on the Brown County Veterans Memorial.

If you would like to honor a veteran, living or deceased, you may purchase a memorial inscription with his/her name, rank, and period of service as a lasting memorial in their honor.

The cost of the engraving is $175 and checks should be made out to Brown County Veterans Memorial and mailed to: Veterans Memorial, PO Box 248, New Ulm, MN 56073

Final Paver Laid

Final Paver Laid: Loren Gag tamps down a paver as the last memorial stone stands ready for his final assignment. Footings for the vertical panels are seen to the right.

To be eligible for an engraving, the following guidelines must be met:

1.  All veterans must have a honorable discharge from active duty from the U.S. Armed Forces.  Active Duty for Training does NOT count for active duty.


2.  Currently be a resident of Brown County -OR-
3.  Be a member of a Brown County Post or Chapter -OR-
4.  If deceased, buried in a Brown County Cemetery, or a National Cemetery -OR-
5.  Veteran entered the service from Brown County -OR-
6.  The discharge documents indicate the veteran returned to Brown County upon completion of service.

Applications may be obtained from the Brown County Veterans Service Office and must be verified through a DD Form 214.

Contact Veterans Service Office

Located on the 1st floor of the Brown County Courthouse

Hours: 8 to 1630 (8am to 4:30 pm), weekdays

14 S State St,
New Ulm, MN 56073

Telephone: (507) 233-6636
Fax: (507) 233-6708

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Hours: 8am to 4:30pm
(most offices)

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073