Veteran gravestones at Glendale Cemetery

SAR member George DeMoss worked along side other IASSAR members and employees of several Des Moines based companies in a volunteer effort to raised over 1000 of the sunken flat Veteran gravestones at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.   The volunteers also placed 1000’s of standards and flags on veteran’s graves.   Thanks for leading the way!   Mike Rowley   photos courtesy of Callie Le’au Courtright,  Des Moines Parks and Recreation Supervisor [...]

The SAR JROTC award goes to Ethan Hernandez

On May 9, 2017  Reva Rupe a member of Iowa DAR presented the SAR JROTC  award to Ethan Hernandez of Ottumwa High School in Ottumwa, Iowa. The Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has had 100% participation at all the ROTC,  JROTC and Sea Cadet programs in the State of Iowa for over 10 straight years. Photo by Ginny Sprenger pictured left to right Reva Rupe and Cadet Ethan Hernandez.   Respectfully, Mike Rowley Iowa SAR ROTC Chairman [...]

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day was again held this year at the Iowa Vietnam Veteran War Monument on the State of Iowa Capitol grounds.  This year The MacKenzie Highlanders Pipe and Drums open the ceremony with their beautiful music. Brigadier General Jodi Tymeson,  Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs announced the addition of the name of James Steven McGough to the wall.   The Monument is dedicated to the Iowans who served during the Vietnam era.  Inscribed on its face are the names of 869 Iowans who lost their lives during- or as a result of- the conflict.   Member of the Iowa DAR have a special awards program to honor Vietnam veterans and their immediate families.  The Iowa SAR Honor guard was proud to be their in support of veterans, their families and organizations like the DAR that honor both.   Photo Iowa SAR Color Guard member with 2 Vietnam Veterans, Dan and Martin   2nd photo IASSAR Honor Guard with the MacKenzie Highlanders Pipe and Drums   Mike [...]

The Iowa Peace Officer’s Memorial

On May 5, 2017 Iowa peace officers and citizens came together at on the Iowa State Capitol grounds to honor those who have given their lives in the line of duty.   As the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution honors the work of these men and women and the sacrifices of their families it seemed appropriate that several members and the honor guard had a presence at the ceremony.   While an exact county was not available for this article the current IASSAR membership includes many active and retired peace officers.   Photo taken after the event with Des Moines Police officer Cory K-9 and IASSAR Color Guard Commander Mike Rowley   other photos at same event include the Patriot Guard Riders and overview of the ceremony   Mike [...]

Dedication on Baby Hill at Woodland Cemetery

On a beautiful Sunday in April members of the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard joined with IASSAR President Alan Wenger, Governor Terry Branstad, Congressman David Young, City of Des Moines Mayor Cownie, Suku Radia, Roberta Swartzendruber, representatives of McCall Monument, members of the Des Moines Historical Society and the general public to dedicate and place the final 3 (of over 500) gravestones on Baby Hill at Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.   The 11 year long project started by historian Gerald LaBlanc was helped to completion the members of the Abigail Adams Chapter of the Iowa Society of  the DAR. Photos by Suzanne [...]

Iowa State University Navy ROTC awards banquet

Mike Rowley, the ROTC/JROTC Awards Chairman of the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution reports that The Iowa Society has completed another year of 100% participation from all the ROTC/JROTC programs in the entire State of Iowa.   Attached photos are from the Iowa State University Navy ROTC awards banquet held April 14, 2017.  The recipient is MIDN 3/C Quinton G. Schnier and the presenter is CAPT Scott Curtis, the commanding officer of the NROTC unit at Iowa State University.   photo by Capt Suzanne [...]

Introducing new member, Don Christy

As the latest member of IASSAR, I thought I would introduce myself. I’m Don Christy, presently of Marengo Iowa, was born in Ottumwa and raised in Cedar Rapids. I enlisted in the Marines for three years out of high school, then worked as an assemble welder for P&H Crain, then I worked as a small engine repairman and then spent over 30 years in the environmental industry (water and wastewater). I’m 65 and have been retired for a few years now. I’ve been married to my wife Lorie for 42 years, Lorie is the head of Repertory Therapy at the Marengo Hospital. Our son Brad just started his 22nd year in the Army and is a writer on the side. Our daughter Megan is a preschool teacher for the North English Iowa school system and teaches dance classes at the school. We have three grandchildren, Byron is Brad’s son and he will be graduating from high school this year and Megan’s girls are Christy Rose, 10 years old, and Mariah is 3 years old. My hobbies are motorcycling which we’ve been doing for over forty years, and fishing and hunting. I guess my biggest hobby now that I am retired [...]

Former IASSAR President, Bill Lees, celebrates 75th anniversary

In most fraternal organizations there are members, men, brothers and Compatriots. If an organization is fortunate there are those who epitomize the very meaning of each of those labels. They are the special individuals that make and keep the organization alive by their actions and contributions of ideas and time.  They are the people that give each organization not only a sense of pride but also a sense of meaning to their mission and to the history of the group itself. For not only the Iowa Society but also the National organization Bill Lees is that type.  Bill last served as the Iowa Society President from 1981-1985.  He has held nearly every state or chapter office as well as serving as a Trustee. Compatriot Lees is one of only 2 Iowa members to have ever been awarded (Class of 1992) the National SAR Minuteman Award. Bill is a veteran of WWII and at age 96 years of age continues to inspire those of us who try to follow in his footsteps. On March 12, 2017  “A celebration of Life and Love” was held in honor of Bill and Inez Lees who were in their 75th year of marriage.  On this day [...]
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