Annual Events

Military Taps

The following Days are honored annually at the Clear Lake All Veterans’ Memorial:

  • Armed Forces Day – May 15
  • National Police Remembrance Day – May 19
  • Memorial Day – last Monday of May
  • Flag Day – June 14
  • Independence Day – July 4th
  • National POW – MIA Day (3d Friday in September)
  • Veterans’ Day – November 11
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – December 7

Please refer to our Facebook page for details on upcoming events.


School Visitation Program:

Clear Lake All Veterans’ Memorial (CLVM) School Visitation Program is very successful. This program features an annual visit by five area 5th, 6th or 7th grade classes. Each visiting student may be asked to make a patriotic poster, write a poem or construct some other patriotic project.

These projects are later bound and displayed at neighboring nursing homes. In late May each year nearly 400 children visit the Veterans’ Memorial and PBO (Paulson Brothers Ordnance) with the later organization being responsible for giving a tour through their Cannon Factory and giving mini lectures about the Civil War.

Respective schools are given the honor to select a classmate(s) to carry the “Wreath of Remembrance”. Those students then place the wreath at the base of the Black Cenotaph which has the names of 65 Clear Lake men and women veterans. Everyone of those brave troops were from the Clear Lake area and they are a symbol of sacrifice for our freedom.

After each school’s visitation, certificates and commemorative pens are awarded to each student.

Most importantly, follow up visits are made by members of the committee to participating schools. At that time students are permitted to share experiences in small group situations which allow them to relate personal experiences with military veterans.

All classes make a corresponding visit to PBO Cannon Factory where they can see one of the largest private Civil War Cannon Collections in the World. In addition the Paulson brothers, Bernie and Bruce Paulson, are Historians with a vast knowledge of our Civil War. Students may bring cameras to take pictures at both the Memorial and PBO.

Participating Schools:

  • Clayton
  • Clear Lake
  • Glenwood City
  • Prairie Farm
  • Amery
  • Turtle Lake
  • St Croix Falls

Other area schools requesting information contact us.


Directions to the Memorial:

The memorial is accessible from U.S. Hwy 63 which passes through Clear Lake. Turn East on Veterans’ Memorial Drive and it is 1/2 mile on the right. Visiting hours are 7 days a week and the memorial is lighted for evening viewing. During the winter snow season, the surface is not cleaned to prevent possible surface damage.