Knoxville Soldier’s Cross Memorial Will Move starting Thursday

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa- The controversy over the Knoxville Soldier’s Cross memorial is dying down, and Veterans Day was marked by the community in Young’s Park.

That park is the site of the memorial where a white cross by a kneeling soldier caused  a protest by one person.  The City Council voted to modify the memorial to not be offensive, calling it a battlefield memorial.

Now the monument is set to get a new home across the street from Young’s Park.  Work is set to begin on that on Thursday.  Once the cement pad is poured, the monument, with lights can be moved.

The Knoxville AmVets paid $5,000 for the Battlefield Memorial, and another $5,000 for the Freedom Rock, also in Young’s Park.

“I learned that things are way too politically correct in the United States right now,” said Don Zoutte, of the Knoxville AMVets. “The rally we had almost 2000 people, the complaint we had was one.”

The AmVets are also wanting people to visit the Freedom Rock.

“It’s very important that kids especially take not, and come out and see the Rock, because it’s got a little history of Knoxville on it,” said Zoutte.

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