Anchors aweigh: First artifact for proposed veterans park arrives in town

After completing a nearly 1,300-mile journey, the first piece of a proposed veterans memorial park arrived safely at a storage facility Monday in Grand Forks.

The piece is a 24,000-pound anchor from a Navy ammunition ship, the USS Kiska, which traveled by semi to Grand Forks from Texas.

It was unloaded by crane at a Park District storage facility where it will sit until moved to its final home at Richard’s West Park some time next year.

A volunteer crew from Minnkota Power Cooperative guided the anchor to the ground without incident — though its weight did test the equipment’s strength.

“It was right at max. Another 500 pounds and they would have had to reconfigure the crane,” said John Hanson with the Grand Forks VFW Post 1874. “We lucked out.”

Once placed in the park, Hanson said the anchor will eventually be joined by a tank, jet and other military equipment.

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