JOHNSTON, Iowa — Gov. Branstad joined Iowans in paying respects to the men and women of service this Memorial Day.
The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum hosted its annual Memorial Day observance and open house Monday. Guests toured vintage and modern military vehicles and enjoyed a free breakfast.
Organizers say the event has grown over the years and is a great tool to educate the public.
“We started this operation, this memorial with Van and Bonnie, about eight years ago. It has just blown up,” said Col. Robert King, of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. “I encourage people to bring their kids and grandkids to come out and see this museum. The cost is free … there’s never an admission charge. This is just a great place to provide an education for our young ones.
The event ran from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday.
The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is located at 7105 Northwest 70th Ave. in Johnston.