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Open house to honor veterans art project

Internationally known artist Charles Kapsner puts the finishing touches on the first painting in a series of works that will be based at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. The painting, dedicated to sharing the historical perspective of the Army, will be on display locally at the Duluth Depot Nov. 10-13. Contributed Photo

The public is invited to a local public viewing of the first painting of the veterans educational, historical project which will be based at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

The Army painting will be on display at the Duluth Depot on Thursday, Nov. 10, from noon to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 11, following the Veterans Day Parade until 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov.12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. View the painting, hear stories behind its creation, learn more about the composition, and visit with artist Charles Kapsner along with Jack Peck, president of the Minnesota State Veterans Memorial Association. There is no charge but donations will be accepted.

Kapsner, internationally-known artist from Little Falls, just completed the U.S. Army painting - the first of five 8-foot by 10-foot oil paintings that will be on display inside the committal building on the grounds of the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, seven miles north of Little Falls, near Camp Ripley Military Base.

Simply put by Kapsner, "This project will honor all veterans, men and women; not the weapons of war, but the people who served in our military and fought in our wars."

The five paintings will represent each branch of the military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard/Merchant Marines. The project is being funded by the Minnesota State Veterans Memorial Association. President Peck describes the memorial as one "that will serve as an educational tool to help future generations understand our history and the role our military plays in maintaining freedom and democracy." He added, "This is a project by veterans for veterans. No tax dollars are used for the project and there are no administrative costs."

There will be an official unveiling of the Army painting at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery Thanksgiving weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, from 1-5 p.m. in its permanent home in the Committal Hall. The dedication of the painting will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, during the open house.

Visitors are also invited to tour the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley, 1-5 p.m. both days, next door to the Veterans Cemetery. Nowhere in Minnesota are the experiences of military men and women so vividly captured and interpreted. This includes a special exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of Minnesota's role in the Civil War and Dakota War.

So, bring the family, young and old, to view the U.S. Army painting when it is unveiled in Duluth - a perfect way to celebrate Veterans Day!

For further information, contact the Duluth Depot at 218-727-8025.

For more information on this project and artist Charles Kapsner, visit