ST. CLOUD -- Ninety-eight years since it's first dedication, St. Cloud first historical marker honoring Abraham Lincoln is in it's new home.

The monument was rededicated Friday morning in the newly constructed Lincoln Plaza in downtown St. Cloud, next to the new parking ramp.

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says the monument is meant to honor our veterans and to be an example of the freedoms they gave us.

"This statue acts as a reminder of the unity which Abraham Lincoln and veterans fought for and all those veterans have fought since then," says Kleis.

Back in 2013, the St. Cloud City Council voted to spend $30,000 in half-cent sales tax money to restore the nearly 100-year-old statue.

It was originally located across the street outside the Empire Apartment building along 4th Avenue North.

Kleis says tonight in honor of Veterans Day the monument will be lit up in red, white and blue.

The 1918 Lincoln statue was commissioned by then-mayor Peter Seberger.

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)
(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)