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New veterans memorial ready for big revealPosted Monday, October 31, 2011, at 3:06 PM
The veterans memorial was one of the first things I covered when I came to the Pilot. The campaign, which was over a year in the making, was an ambitious one: raising $110,000 for some rather hefty pieces of granite.
However, little touches like this are something that makes a town. Storm Lake is a place that is fiercely patriotic, where its citizens have great respect for those who currently serve or have served. I saw such an example during the Iowa National Guard homecoming in July.
Spokespeople for the veterans' memorial foundation gave updates to the Buena Vista Supervisors every now and then, but the project still seemed a long way off, especially after its dedication ceremony was delayed.
Finally, installation day came, accompanied by gorgeous weather. Tuesday was an unusually warm fall day, sunny with a slight breeze.
Installation of the slabs bearing the veterans' names seemed to go quickly, at least from what I could see as I sneaked peeks out the window during the BV Supervisors' meeting.
By the time I made it to the courthouse square, the friendly crew from Taylor Construction was unpacking the three large centerpieces---I had the lucky advantage of being the first to see them.
The slick, deep charcoal centerpieces are emblazoned with classic images and patriotic symbols of war. There's the bugle player, the fighter jets and the salute to the flag, among others.
Installation of the bigger pieces was slow, and slightly awkward at times due to weight and size.
While the crew was navigating some of the bigger pieces, members of the veterans memorial foundation stopped by to see progress.
One said she was near tears of happiness at seeing the beautiful memorial being installed.
Today, the large flanking center pieces have been carefully wrapped in black plastic, awaiting the big reveal on Veterans Day, a week and a half from now.
So, thank you, Sandy Knoke, Herb Crampton, Judy Halder, Pam Fiedler and Glen Huntington (and everyone else part of the memorial foundation) for having the vision to create the memorial.
I know that my grandpas, both World War II veterans, would be pleased to see such a lovely centerpiece at the courthouse.
* Ashley Miller is a member of the Pilot-Tribune news staff. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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