The state will step back in time Saturday to dedicate its latest state-of-the-art rest stop on Interstate 35. The Franklin County rest stop in north-central Iowa near Dows honors Iowa’s Union veterans of the Civil War. The Iowa Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and their commander, Larry Roach, will perform a ceremony to dedicate the facility. He says the ceremony copies what the real soldiers would’ve done in 1890 to dedicate a monument or headstone. Roach says Iowa played an important role in the Civil War. He says Iowa gave more troops than any other state in the Union based on population. He says Iowa gave 22-percent of its population, while other states gave 10 to 14-percent. Roach says they’re excited with the way the reststop has turned out. He says the theme is taken from the G-A-R Hall, Grand Army of the Republic Hall, in Hampton that has stained glass windows of the cavalry, the pioneer corps and the infantry. He says it also includes plates that symbolize the Civil War and a chain the symbolizes slavery. Roach says there’s a lot to see and learn about the Civil War. He says they have a cannon, and a walkway to a promenade that includes a letter written home from a soldier and copies of headstones. Roach says the Iowa Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War has about 260 members in the state. The events will get started around 11 A.M. with the reenactors showing how Civil War soldiers operated, and the formal dedication ceremony is at 1 p.m.
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