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Defenders Monument re-dedicated

August 26, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - The Defenders Monument in New Ulm had the attendance of more than 100 people for its re-dedication ceremony on Saturday as part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S-Dakota War of 1862.

Retired Col. Peter Mansoor gave the speech for the ceremony, praising the heroism of the New Ulm settlers during the battle of New Ulm, which he said was turning point in shaping the Dakota War and New Ulm's future. He also praised the bravery of the Dakota warriors, who gambled their future for their people.

"The men that fought to save New Ulm did not seek fame or glory. They were just trying to protect their homes and families. The intensity of the fighting showed the valor of both the Dakota warriors and New Ulm's defenders," said Mansoor.

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Mansoor, a New Ulm native, is the former executive officer to General David Petraeus in Iraq. He said he was deeply honored to be part of the 150th anniversary events, particularly with the events that shaped his hometown.

The Defenders Monument received a re-dedication Saturday because it has been moved since its original dedication in 1891. At the time of its initial installation, the monument was located in the middle of the intersection of State Street and Center Street. When automobiles were later introduced, the driving habits of the time led to several crashes into the monument. It was eventually moved to its current location in the median between Center Street's two lanes of traffic, just north of the Brown County Courthouse.

The re-dedication ceremony came ahead of the monument's upcoming removal for repairs. The Minnesota Historical Society will oversee its redesign work, with the monument slated for returning to its current location by spring of 2013.

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Retired Col. Peter Mansoor, a former New Ulm native, gave the re-dedication speech Saturday for the New Ulm Defender’s Monument. He emphasized remembrance for those that gave their lives to defend New Ulm.

The Flandrau's Charge Marker also received a dedication ceremony on Saturday as part of the day's events.

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