A two-year project to honor Tama County veterans will culminate with the formal dedication of a memorial today (Monday).
Jolene Denbow. spokesperson for the community group, says the All-Veterans Memorial in Gladbrook’s been in the making for more than two years and she says they’ve compiled more than 650 memorial bricks and nine flags to fly. Denbow calls it “an awesome sight.”
Denbow says the memorial was designed to include all Tama County Veterans, representing veterans from the community’s “past, present, and future.” Most of the bricks carry a soldier’s name, rank, and place of service. Denbow says the bricks are displayed on eight large concrete tables for easy viewing. For its creation, the bricks in the display were alphabetized but from now on bricks will be added by date of service.
The Gladbrook community raised nearly $80,000 for the project and people donated time and materials — from concrete to trees, and a howitzer cannon. The official dedication begins at 11 A-M today (Monday), just east of the intersection of T-47 and Highway 96.