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MEMORIAL DAY: Iowans Honor Our Veterans

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The rain didn’t stop Iowans from honoring our servicemen and women on Monday.

The Iowa Gold Star Museum held their annual open house in Johnston. Guests were treated to a genuine military breakfast consisting of sausage gravy on biscuits, “army” coffee and “bug juice” which is an orange drink. In addition to a Memorial Day Ceremony there was a fly-over featuring antique aircraft.

Governor Branstad was on hand to sign the Patriot Outreach Proclamation, which will provide help to service members and veterans dealing with anger, stress, pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Veteran Ron Nielsen says he attends this open house every year with his friends, the rain may have ruined his plans for a cookout, but it couldn’t keep him away from the Gold Star Museum.

Many Memorial Day Ceremonies were cancelled or moved indoors because of the rain and storms.

Veterans and their families were indoors at Veterans Memorial Auditorium over the noon hour to honor Iowa Soldiers who died in service. Major General Tim Orr delivered the key note address.

In Van Meter, more veterans and their families braved the weather for a Seabee Memorial Dedication.

The Navy Seabees were created during WWII to provide construction support for combat operations building bases, paving roadways and airstrips and providing a variety of other work.

Seabee veterans from WWII all the way to the Iraq War were on hand for the dedication.