The "Comeback Kid" will be in Minnesota to celebrate the "Happy Warrior."
On Aug. 4, workers will install a 7-foot bronze statue of former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, a Democrat known as the "Happy Warrior," and former President Bill Clinton, also known as the "Comeback Kid" will be on hand for the occasion.
For months, the only sign of the coming Capitol statue was an empty pedestal, a garden and walls etched with Humphrey quotes.
Clinton, along with former Vice President Walter Mondale, Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Gov. Arne Carlson and former Minnesota Attorney General Hubert "Skip" Humphrey, Vice President Humphrey's son, will be on hand to celebrate the filling of the stand, according to a release from the Hubert H. Humphrey memorial fund organizers.
Among the quotations on the walls is a line from Humphrey that still gets oft-repeated by those who work inside the Capitol: "The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."
The evening of the dedication Clinton will speak at the DFL's Humphrey Mondale dinner, a significant fundraiser for the DFL Party.
In answer to several readers who have asked where exactly the statue will be: It will be at the intersection of John Ireland and Martin Luther King Boulevards slightly to the left of the state Capitol's main entrance.
The public is invited to attend the Aug. 4 dedication. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m.