Monday, May 29, 2017


Hopedale Medical Complex COO Mark Rossi (left) and Sculpture designer Morgan Elser (right) unveil the new Major Reid Nannen Sculpture and Memorial this afternoon in Hopedale.

As the day heated up and the clouds came and went, hundreds of Veterans and audience members came out today to honor Major Reid Nannen with the unveiling of the new Sculpture of Nannen and Veterans Memorial. The Sculpture was done by local artist Morgan Elser. Morgan also Sculptured the Scott Altman Bust, which currently sits in the Scott Altman Grade School in Pekin which honors him.

Major Reid Nannen was killed Sunday, March 1, 2014, while training at TOPGUN, in Fallon Nevada. Reid was just 32 years old. Major Nannen leaves behind his wife, Sarah, 2 sons and 2 daughters.

Captain Altman was the keynote speaker at today's event, coming in from Washington D.C. Altman from Pekin, flew 4 shuttle missions, and was a pilot in the United States Navy, retiring in 2010. He is currently living in D.C. working in the private sector.


       Keynote speaker for the unveiling of the Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial was Captain Scott Altman, Navy veteran and  NASA Astronaut.

Left: Captain and retired Navy Veteran, and NASA Astronaut Scott Altman gives the keynote address at the unveiling of the Reid Nannen Sculpture today in Hopedale.

Right: Captain Altman talks with Reid Nannen's parents Dale and Mary Ann Nannen before today's dedication. There are 6 marble stones with the names of each Veteran from the Hopedale area, ranging from the Civil War to those currently serving. Each stone weighs 3,000 pounds.

Delavan native Morgan Elser told me that Sculpture is 8 ft high, and that the project with herself and COO Mark Rossi just throwing ideas around for a memorial. The project started in October 2015.

                       Posing with the Sculpture of Major Reid Nannen from left to right. Captain Scott Altman, Dale Nannen, Sculpture artist Morgan Elswer, and Mary Ann Nannen.

Among the hundreds of Veterans in attendance today were Leonard Kruseman, 87, and Wayne Peterson who served in WW2.

Left: Leonard Kruseman, 87, who served in the Korean War points out his name on one of 6 marble stones at the new Memorial. I ask Mr. Kruseman what the memorial meant to him and he said, (its very heart warming. He said its heart warming that the Country is finally noticing what the guys did), as he noticeably became emotional.

Right: World War 2 veteran Wayne Peterson is wheeled past the memorial in search of his name and those he served with.

Top Right: WW2 Veteran Wayne Peterson is wheeled past the Memorial in search of his name on the stones. Mr. Peterson told me that he thought the memorial ( was great ).

                    Sculpture artist Morgan Elser poses with the Sculpture of Major Reid Nannen

                                                                              OTHER PHOTOS

                                                      Hopedale Medical Complex COO Mark Rossi

                                Members of the Armed Services get ready to hoist the American Flag

                                                  The U.S. Flag is hoisted by the United States Military

                                                 Audience members stand as the Flag is hoisted up

Captain Scott Altman gives the Keynote address as the Sculpture of Major Reid Nannen looms in the background.

Military Flags wave as the Sculpture of Major Reid Nannen stands at the newly dedicated Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial.

                     A sister of Major Reid Nannen speaks at today's dedicated of her brothers memorial.

                                                    Flags of Freedom wave at today's dedication