Over 100 people gathered at the Defender’s Monument in New Ulm this weekend to rededicate it as part of Minnesota’s commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the US-Dakota War. Retired Colonel Peter Mansoor praised the heroism of settlers who fought for their homes and families during the battle of New Ulm. But he also praised the bravery of the Dakota warriors, who gambled their future for their people. Mansoor is a New Ulm native who was executive officer to General David Petraeus in Iraq. He said he was deeply honored to be part of Saturday’s events. The Defender’s Monument had its original dedication in 1891. It will soon be removed for repairs. The Minnesota Historical Society will oversee the work, due for completion next spring.