This monument was created in memory of the 53 white women, men, and children that were killed in Milford Township during an attack by the Dakota on August 18, 1862. Milford was one of the hardest-hit white communities during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

The monument was erected by the State and dedicated on July 5, 1929. The rugged cross represents the stalwart and hardy character of the pioneers and their strength, endurance, and courage. It rests on three bases that represent faith, hope, and charity. In front of the cross is the statue, Memory. She holds a lily in her right hand that is about to drop as a last tribute to the departed. The monument lists the names of 53 victims and the quote, “Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.” There is also an interpretive sign in the park that explains more about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

Much more information about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and what led to the attack on Milford can be found here.