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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 Principal 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   http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-cemetery-awakenings   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 [...]

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   [...]

WWI Veteran

Compatriots of the the Central Iowa Chapter S.A.R., First thanks to those of you (and the 4 ladies from the Iowa D.A.R.) that were able to attend the ceremony in Marshalltown, Iowa on May 7th, 2010. Compatriot Dave Shannon also gave an extremely interesting presentation of the use of divining rods and took photos of the event. For those of you that were not able to attend, I have attached a photo and an article link. http://www.timesrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/525262.html?nav=5005 Next up for the Central Iowa Chapter Color Guard is the internment of  a WWI at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Friday May 14th around 1:15 pm. IVC is centrally located approximately 10 miles west of Des Moines and runs south along Interstate 80 in Dallas County near the community of Van Meter. (I-80, Exit 113). Interstate signs mark the exit. The cemetery entrance is also easily identifiable and is just off of Veterans Memorial Drive (formerly “R” Avenue). [...]
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