World War II Veterans Honored at Monument Dedication

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Commandant Jodi Tymeson presides over the ceremony dedicating the WWII Memorial at the Iowa Veterans Home (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

Commandant Jodi Tymeson presides over the ceremony dedicating the WWII Memorial at the Iowa Veterans Home (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- A World War II monument was dedicated Wednesday at the Iowa Veterans Home.  Four veterans were asked to pull the ropes, unveiling a black stone, engraved with scenes from that era.

The monument came about after a resident, Don Wingrove asked why there are monuments to other wars, but not for WWII.

The Leadership Class at Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company took the initiative to raise the funds and walk through the construction and delivery.

“This is an amazing day I cannot believe the outpouring of support this project has had,” said Kami Holmes, of Grinnell Mutal Reinsurance. “To have it all happen in less than a year is just amazing.”

The WWII Vets helped with the design, and even went to see the stone being carved.  The granite came from Minnesota, as the Veterans wanted stone from the USA.

In remarks in the ceremony Wingrove said  there were 66 WWII Vets at the home.  Over time there had been over 2400 WWII vets who had lived at the home.  He was sad for those who did not get to see this day.

At the conclusion one veteran began singing “God Bless America,” and everyone joined in.

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