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New plaque at Veterans Park honors wounded

Monday, July 2, 2007

A new plaque at Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park has been placed in the gazebo to honor and remember the wounded service men and women who have returned home following their service in preserving freedom for our country.
A new plaque has been added to the gazebo at the Plymouth County Veterans Memorial Park located at 1000 Third Ave. S.E. in Le Mars.

The Galaxy black granite with gold matrix plaque honors those veterans who returned home with battle wounds, both of body and spirit.

The plaque reads:

"Remember the Wounded"

"As a thankful nation, we express our gratitude to all veterans. We are especially aware of all who gave their lives to secure our continual freedom.

"We are grateful for the service of all those wounded in body and spirit, who sacrificed and continue to suffer as a result of their service to our great nation.

"May our statement here and the creation of this memorial reflect, in some small way, our apprecation for all who served."

Rich Schultz and Don Law, both instrumental in the development of the park, were on hand when the plaque was put in place in the gazebo by Rausch Brothers of Ortonville, Minn. The plaque style matches one in the gazebo which remembers the Cold War.

Monuments in the park recognize each war the United States has been involved in, with the names of those local service people who died.

"Before, in the early wars, the wounded died," said Schultz. "But now we save the wounded and bring them home."

"We felt we needed a tribute to the wounded, to recognize their sacrifice while serving to guard our nation's freedom," Schultz said.

Law pointed to the flag board in the gazebo, which has spaces for small plaques inscribed with the names of veterans. Donations of $250 or more in a veteran's name allows that veteran's name, date of service and branch of armed forces to be inscribed on a small gold plaque to be placed on the flag board.

In a small box beside the flag plaque, visitors may pick up an order form for the plaque. It reads:

The American Legion and V.F.W. Posts of Plymouth County gratefully acknowledge this gift in honor of the veteran named below to endow and maintain this Veterans Memorial Park. The donation, which is tax deductible, should be directed to Wasmer Post No. 241 at 110 Plymouth St. S.W., Le Mars, Iowa 51031, with a memo noting that it is for Veterans Memorial Park.

Donations are put into an endowment fund, which is administered by the American Legion Wasmer Post #241 and is used to maintain the park and for flags which are flown there.

Visitors to the park during the 11 a.m. program on July 4 will see new curbing and mulch, two benches, shrubs, and the Cold War and Tribute to the Wounded plaques in the gazebo.

The memorial park has been established as an educational opportunity and a place to reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of veterans who served in times of both war and peace.

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