Victory Memorial Drive – Minneapolis, Minnesota - Atlas Obscura

Victory Memorial Drive

A little-known memorial to servicemen and nurses killed in the line of duty during the First World War. 

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Victory Memorial Drive is an impressive sight that many Minneapolis residents do not know exists. It was dedicated in 1921 as a World War I Memorial to service men and women killed in the line of duty. The approximately 3 mile long memorial is part of the Grand Rounds park system, Victory Drive serves as the western border of the city of Minneapolis.

One of the unique things about this memorial is it is located in a residential neighborhood and comprises about three miles of parkway. The 550+ markers were originally standing upright but have been placed in concrete and are located next to the trees. Some have been covered by the grass but many are still visible. 

Know Before You Go

Access the Drive via car or public transportation, the 19H from downtown Minneapolis ends at 42nd and Victory, near the middle of the entire North-South length of the drive. Make this part of your Grand Rounds tour, a beautiful drive through the city that starts and ends along the banks of the Mississippi River.Parking is free on any street around the Drive and Memorial Flagpole.

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