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COWLES LIBRARY is launching a multi-year initiative to promote theimportance of the democratic process as an instrument for managing thechallenges of the 21st century. Citizens Arise! From the Founding of a Nation to the Crisis of theUnionwill engage students, teachers and general public about theimportance ofglobal citizenship. Through exhibits, lectures and other specialprogramming, Cowles Library will promote historical awareness, responsiblediscourse and dissent, and focused efforts toward sustaining democraticinstitutions.* *January 21, 2010, 7 p.m.Cowles Library Reading Room**RONALD RIETVELD* has been a professor of history at California StateUniversity Fullerton since 1969. He holds an AB from Wheaton College, a BDmagna cum laude from Bethel Theological Seminary, and an AM and PhD from theUniversity of Illinois. He has been a student of Lincoln since the age of14, when he discovered the last photograph of Lincoln in 1952 in the Nicolaypapers of the Illinois State Historical Library. From 1981 to 1984, heserved as an academic advisor to the White House speech-writing staff underPresident Ronald Reagan. He continues to lecture and write extensively onLincoln and the American Civil War and is currently serving as a member ofthe Historical Advisory and Content Team for the Abraham LincolnPresidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL. In addition, Rietveld [...]

Wreaths Across America 2009 AAR

I will limit my comments on the Wreaths Across America event at Woodlands Cemetery to the actual ceremony, participants and the days.Dr.  Francis Keith, COL USAR, Ret, of the IASSAR has been the chairman and driving force behind this program at Woodlands for the past couple of years and is better suited to discuss the actual mechanics. The WAA ceremony is always held the 2nd Saturday of December at 11:00 AM CST.  This is the exact same time for all 400 locations from Maine to California.Since Central Iowa was hit with one of the most extreme blizzards in a generation (16” of snow and 50 mph winds in Clive, Iowa) in the days just prior to our planned event, I did receive some calls questioning if we would proceed. To the credit of the members of the Iowa Rifles, the IASSAR and the Civil Air Patrol and other invited groups all willingly agreed that the ceremony should go on regardless of the conditions. A visit to the entrance of the cemetery, 24 hours prior to the scheduled event showed that it was completely blocked and had yet to have the snow cleared. It was also about that time that we [...]

Wreaths Across America 2009

Well it is nearly the 2nd Saturday in December, which means the "Wreaths Across America" project is coming soon again to Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa (and 400 other locations from Maine to California). Two years ago there were only two members of the Iowa Sons of the American Revolution placing a few wreaths at Woodland Cemetery. Last year many of you came together with about 40 others and together we placed over 160 wreaths on the graves of veterans at Glendale and Woodland Cemetery. Southeast Iowans also honored veterans with a wonderful ceremony near Ottumwa. In Western Iowa 3 generations of one family also remembered and honored their Revolutionary War veteran ancestor with a wreath and a moment of silence. So on Saturday December 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM in Woodland Cemetery we will again be part of the Wreaths Across America Project. We invite all to join us to Remember the fallen: Honor those who serve; and teach our children the value of freedom. While we won't know until a couple of days before the ceremony how many wreaths we will have. We do know that we will have wreaths to honor each branch of the [...]

Honor Guard featured

The 49th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Co. A, SUV Honor Guard has been featured in the November 2009 Iowa Battle Flag Project newsletter. See the full article {source 0}here{/source}. It is also available in the Documents [...]

IASSAR Fall Membership Meeting

IASSAR Fall Membership Meeting 1:00 PM, November 7, 2009 Waukee Public Library 950 Warrior Lane Waukee, IA 50263 All members are urged to attend We will have officer and committee reports. We will be voting on changes to our by-laws. Learn about what is going on with your organization at the national level We will spend some time getting to know those people who are in attendance. Wives are welcome. Dean Swearingen [...]

Ebenezer Ayres Ceremony

Saturday, October 24, 2009 1:00PM All are invited to join grateful Americans and the descendant of Ebenezer Ayres this Saturday at the Revolutionary War Monument (south of the Iowa State Capital bldg, behind the large Soldiers and Sailors monument) for a brief and moving ceremony. 248 years after his birth, 228 years after his Patriotic service in the Revolutionary War and 175 years after settling in Iowa, Ebenezer Ayres will finally be recognized and honored with the carving of his name into the Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Iowa Monument. Patriot Ayres name will join the 39 other documented veterans on this magnificent pillar. Please forward this invitation on to any and all that would like to join in this brief celebration of all Iowa veterans of all [...]
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