The dedication ceremony for the Pocahontas County Veterans' Monument will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m.
The monument was built on the south side of the Pocahontas County Courthouse in Pocahontas. It was erected "in honor and memory of all Pocahontas County men and women who served our nation protecting our freedoms."
The last tablet of the Pocahontas County Veterans Monument was erected on May 15, and benches were placed on May 16. It currently has 2,496 veterans, guards and reservists' names engraved on it and 62 more veterans names were processed the morning of June 14. to be submitted to the monument company for engraving.
There still is no guarantee that these 62 names will be engraved, but the monument company is working on the stencilling of the names for them to be engraved if time allows. Lavens Northwest Monument, Storm Lake, designed the monument, which was manufacured by Royal Melrose Group of Cold Springs, Minnesota.
The Monument Dedication ceremony was incorporated into the Pocahontas Heritage Days which are being held on the weekend on June 22- June 24. Programs for the Monument Dedication Ceremony and Pocahontas Heritage Days can be viewed at Pocahontas' website of www.pocahontasiowa.com.
The monument is an ongoing project. Applications and donations are still being accepted. Applications can be obtained from Orene Cressler at 712-335-3270; Bob Nystrom at 712-776-2791; Keith Hoffman at 712-841-2582; or Francis Kelly at 712-288-6629.