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This unique memorial is located in a heavily wooded forest. Located near Twin Harbors, the Lake County Memorial Forest was dedicated in 1932. It honors the memory of Lake County Veterans of WWI, Spanish American War, Indian Wars and the Civil War. This dedication year was chosen to memorialize George Washington, born 200 years ago, by planting an American Elm tree to honor him.

That year, 35 white spruce trees were planted – one for every Lake County Veteran who served and since died. In addition, 5,000 seedlings were planted in the forest. Veterans of the Navy who paid the ultimate sacrifice were honored by sprinkling rose petals in the nearby Silver Creek. Throughout the years as Veterans would pass away, a white cross would be placed beside a tree with the soldier’s name and branch of service from WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam War.

This remote memorial was in dire need of maintenance and the trees were dying. In 1999, this memorial gate was moved to the Sonju Trail. Two Harbors also hosts many Veterans Memorials in town. The city is located a half hour northeast of Duluth along scenic Highway 61 along Lake Superior’s edge.



Stone Group Architects (SGA) is a proud supporter of our Veterans and Military Memorials. While we are strong supporters, SGA is independent from the memorials and does not claim responsibility of building or funding these memorials. SGA is a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small business (SDVOSB) architectural firm, providing planning and design services to a variety of government clients.

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