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July 4th dedication for Veterans Park

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

David Kabisch prepares to raise the U.S. Army flag as Bud Vander Well assists. Sentinel photo
Flags waved with a light breeze under sunny skies at the Fourth of July dedication ceremonies of the Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park in Le Mars. Hundreds of people of all ages gathered for the ceremony.

The dedication was the culmination of more than three years of planning and work by volunteers, led by Don Law and Rich Schultz, and American Legion members from the area.

On Monday, flags from the five branches of the U.S. military were raised, along with the U.S. Flag, Iowa Flag and Plymouth County Flag, in solemn ceremony tribute.

Guest speaker was Struble native Gen. J.W. "Jack" Nicholson, retired Brigadier General with the U.S. Army and Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, overseeing the Battle Momument Commission.

His words were a reminder to all that the sacrifices were made were not only by the veteran but those he loved and who loved him as well. He stressed the importance of patriotism and commended those who worked to make the Veterans Memorial Park a reality as a place of honor and celebration.

The park at the corner of Tenth Street and Third Avenue Southwest includes a bronze statue of the fife and drum corp, surrounded by 10 India Black granite stone markers which commemorate each of the wars Americans have fought in since the Revolutionary War. Artist Gary Alsum of Colorado was present for the dedication.

Stained glass panels depict times in history when U.S. military personnel gave their sacrifice of time and lives. The panels were made by Bogenrief Studios.

A plaque under the arch gateway displays the poem, "Come Visit My Grave" by Le Mars resident and veteran Jim Rolfes.

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