This park project was conceived and carried out by volunteers and members of the Harry T.
Anderson Post No.140 of the American Legion.
The memorial is shaped like an octagon of benches with two open sides. In the center of the
octagon is a star and in the center of the star is a large flag pole. The flag pole was donated
by a Legion member who recently died. Benches were chosen because Post Commander Leland
Ottman said legion members wanted the memorial to be something that could be used by the
community. The project in part is funded through the sale of memorial pavers sold through out
Mower county to honor local veterans.
There is room for the project to continue to grow and change in the future. While the initial goal
was to sell about 200 pavers, there’s room to expand beyond that to keep adding pavers and
funds to cover the perpetual care of the Park. The pavers are a way to honor a family member
or friend. 141 pavers were in place at the parks dedication on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2010.
American Legion Post 140 is named in memory of Pvt. HARRY THERON ANDERSON, U.S. Army
Born May 31, 1895, Clayton Township, Elkton, Minn. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arne Anderson, Grand Meadow.
Previous military training, Agricultural School, St. Paul. Occupation, farming. Residence, Grand Meadow.
Entered service May 26, 1918, at Austin. Assigned to Co. M, 308 Reg. 77th Div. Trained at Camp Lewis
and Camp Kearney. Embarked from Brooklyn Navy Yards, Aug. 9, 1918, and arrived at Birkenhead, England,
Aug. 21. Went into active service in September, in the Argonne. Wounded Oct. 14, 1918. Under medical
care three weeks at Base Hospital No. 27, Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France. Died of wounds.