Iowa Cemetery Awakenings

On a beautiful July day, high a top a hill at the SAMS Cemetery in Jasper County it is clear enough to see the Principle Building in Downtown Des Moines.  Closer to the actual site members of the Iowa Sons of the American Revolution, the General Society of the War of 1812, the  Iowa Military Heritage Society, the Iowa Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and other volunteers combined the research they had done with a little manual labor and saw to it that yet another previously unmarked Civil War veteran’s grave was graced with a granite VA supplied stone. Danny Krock, Mike Rowley, Bob Gannon and Jim Byal, Commander of Mingo American Legion Robert Gannon, A Vietnam veteran is the man behind the project and a transcript or audio version of an NPR story on the subject can be heard at Plans are well underway for a very special occasion on September 24th, 2016 that the public is encouraged and invited to participate in. Mike Rowley Color Sgt. 49th [...]

Iowa DAR State Conference

The Iowa S.A.R. Color Guard was honored to present and retire the Colors at the  Iowa D.A.R. State Conference on May 06, 2016 in Ames, Iowa.  The President General Lynn Forney Young was the guest speaker that evening, followed by our annual awards to the DAR Good Citizen winner, Scholarship winner, and State History Award [...]

4th of July Parade

On July 4th 2016, members of the Iowa SAR Color Guard unit joined with the local DAR & CAR and marched in the largest 4th of July parade in the State of Iowa. American flags, woden coins and candy was distributed to over 2000 children along the route. Iowa SAR member Dr. Jerry Greenfield Iowa SAR, DAR and CAR members   [...]

Live Fire Range

October in Iowa means re-qualifying with period weapons on the live fire range for members of the Iowa Military Heritage Society who have several members that are also  Iowa SAR members. Members qualified with a flint Lock weapon of the Revolutionary War era as well as muskets from the Civil War era at both 50 and 10 yards. After the formal morning session attendees had the opportunity for training and practice with the M1 Garand rifle of WWII era Photo by Louie Zenti Shows event director Richard Grim giving instructions and safety rules to Iowa SAR Past President Mike Rowley Back row left to right Jim Breaden, Dave Sample, Richard GrimDavid Lamb and Ron Rittel,Front row L-R Jeff Rassmussen, Louis Zenti mike Rowley   Iowa SAR past president live firing towards target.  photo by David [...]

IASSAR Activities

Members of the Iowa SAR often share the good works they see being done in their local communities and I pass them along to each of you. Attached are few photos from last Saturday at the tomb of George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon in Alexandria, VA. As your Color Guard Commander in Iowa I had the great pleasure to appoint several of our peers from all around the country as “Honorary Iowa Color Guard members for the day.” Many of the SAR members participating expressed the “great honor” they felt to stand at the tomb of our first elected President.  I would encourage any interested members to consider attending next year. Respectfully submitted, Mike Rowley Iowa [...]

To Honor A Veteran

One of the things members of the Iowa SAR do to honor veterans is to see that their final resting place is properly marked and maintained. In 2003 the grave of Revolutionary War Veteran Philip Stech was re-discovered in Franklin County, PA by his great-great-great-great-grandson.  Cleaning of the small family farm cemetery began with the removal of over 40 trees and much mostly untouched overgrowth accumulated over the decades. By 2009 brothers Chuck and Robert Stech had meticulously rebuilt the surrounding stone wall and gate entrance.  More dead and dieing tress would be removed by other volunteers.  New trees would be planted inside the walls in each of the four corners. Many other descendants both local and from around the country contributed both labor and funds to make this one of the most beautiful family cemeteries in the country. In September of 2015 descendants of Pvt Stech would add a military style stone to supplement the original stone and insure that the information engraved in granite would exist for another century and beyond. Time and distance of descendants from the original cemetery quickly turns to tall grass, weeds and overgrowth.  Perhaps this is in someways a picturesque remeinder to all [...]

Medal of Honor Recipient Patrick Palmersheim

Several members of the Iowa SAR came together to celebrate the presentation of the (ISDAR) Iowa Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s presentation to their Medal of Honor winner, Patrick Palmersheim. Patrick Palmersheim received the Medal of Honor from the ISDAR on Saturday April 7th, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. He was nominated for this honor by the Jean Marie Cardinell Chapter of Des Moines. His name has now been submitted to Washington DC to the National Society for their consideration. Past Governor and current secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack appointed Patrick Palmersheim Executive Director of the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs in January 2002. Patrick served from nine years of military service with the Air Force including 2 tours in Vietnam 1969-71. Patrick was instrumental in making Iowa the first state in America to pass legislation giving nursing homes the opportunity to report their residents who were veterans, spouses, widows, widowers, and dependents with potential eligibility for Federal Veterans Administration benefits. Patrick Palmershiem is also often referred to as “The Father of Iowa’s Arlington.” The groundbreaking of Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery took place in November 2006. The Iowa Veterans Cemetery provides a final resting place for over 80,000 [...]

SAR Invitation

The Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Cordially invites one and all to meeting with representatives of The Iowa Society of Mayflower Descendants Jamestown Society Daughters of American Revolution & Children of American Revolution General Society of the War of 1812 GSSR Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War The Iowa Rifles Des Moines Civil War Round-Table And others for a sharing of information, artifacts, opportunities and ideas. Saturday May 7, 2011 Hotel Pattee, 1112 Willis Ave., Perry, Iowa Tentative schedule: 9:00-10:00AM – Registration and browsing 10:00-10:20-Welcome 10:20-11:00- Brief summary about each organization 11:00-11:45- Guest Speaker and Q&A (to be announced) 11:45-12:00- Panel Q&A 12:00-1:00 Lunch (RSVP required $12.95 or $30 per family) or in browsing in Historic Perry 1:00-2:00 S.A.R. meeting and election of new officers Please RSVP As soon as possible to Mike Rowley1825 NW 129th StreetClive, Iowa 50325515-975-0498 MJR1825 (at) [...]
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