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Support Rally Sunday for Controversial Albia Veterans’ Memorial

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Veterans memorial in Albia. (WHO-HD)

Veterans memorial in Albia. (WHO-HD)

ALBIA, Iowa — A controversial memorial for veterans in Albia will be getting support this weekend.

The “Welcome Home Soldier” memorial features 21 marble crosses and a 200-foot marble wall honoring more than 15-hundred veterans.

It sits on land that belongs to Monroe County.

Recently, the memorial has come under fire from the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The group claims it violates the first amendment, promoting religion on public ground.

Hundreds are planning on gathering Sunday for a support rally.

The event will include a visit from Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and a 21-gun salute.