Austin, MN -- Anderson Memorials received the Monument Builders of North America (MBNA) 2019 Design Award for best Public/Civic Monument at their 2019 Monument Industry Show held in St. Louis, MO on February 9, 2019.
The monument crafted by designer Jeff Anderson was part of an expansion project for the Rice County Veterans Memorial. In the center of the plaza is a Rice County map and perpetual torch to which is affixed a life- sized sculpture of a bronze eagle flying protectively with a dove. A series of asymmetrical granite colonnades surround and encompass the memorial. Between the columns, are six black granite tablets are set, representing the Six branches of service. Paver lined sidewalks enter from opposite corners creating and directing a circular or helical flow throughout. Gardens, opposite the sidewalk entry points, honor those KIA “Killed in Action” and MIA “Missing in Action” with smooth faced engraved granite boulders, foliage and flowers. A trio of flagpoles line the area between the courthouse and memorial with an American Flag flanked by MIA/POW and State Flags.
MBNA is the largest trade association for firms and individuals in Canada and the United States that are engaged in the retail sale of monuments, wholesalers and manufacturers of monuments, or provide goods, services and materials to retailers or wholesalers of monuments.
Visit the MBNA Website to view other 2019 recipients and to apply for next year's Design Awards Competition!