Coinciding with the dedication of the new World War Two monument in the nation’s capitol Saturday, the American Legion Post in the western Iowa town of Dedham is one of the many places where Memorial Day will be observed with a special tribute this weekend. John Derner, the department adjutant for the American Legion of Iowa, will be in Dedham for the event and says particular attention will be given to veterans from World War Two.Derner says “For some reason or another, we have never had a national monument to honor the veterans from that generation until now, and with the dedication of the World War Two national monument in Washington, I think it’s only fitting we hold ceremonies to honor some of these World War Two veterans, because we know a lot of them are not going to be able to make the trip out to Washington DC.” Derner speculates there hasn’t been a monument in Washington until now because no one asked for one. He says “The World War Two generation seems to be very selfless. They did what they did because it was the right thing to do. Our nation was in a time of crisis. They arose to the call and never expected any recognition for it, it was just their contribution.” Derner says this weekend will provide an opportunity to understand the sacrifices made by those involved in the war effort. Derner says “World War Two was a turning point in our nation’s history and this is a chance for citizens of all generations to come meet these members that made history. They really get an opportunity to talk to these people one-on-one and hear about their personal experiences, not only those that fought in the war, but even those here on the homefront that did special things to make sure we won World War Two.” The community celebration in Dedham will be held on Sunday and will begin with a replay of Saturday’s World War Two memorial dedication ceremony in Washington.
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