Lost Creek Cemetery, Lee County

In SE Iowa’s Lee county, through a small forest, a narrow dirt path winds to a clearing at the top of a hill.  It is here in Lost Creek Cemetery that the remains of Revolutionary War Veteran, Timothy Brees, lie among his peers of centuries past.   On an absolutely beautiful autumn afternoon, members of the Old Fort Madison (Iowa) Color Guard, local members of the American Legion, the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries, the President of the Central Iowa Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and local towns people met for the 14th annual Pioneer Patriots Day ceremony on Saturday, September 30, 2017.   Lee County, Iowa, has the most known burials (8) of the 41 documented veterans of the American Revolution known to be buried in the State of Iowa.   Photos- by Bill and Lois [...]

Iowa State Fair Parade

State President Alan Wenger(left) and ISSAR Color Guard member Jon Verner of Des Moines participated in the 2017 Iowa State Fair Parade held on August 9.  As in years past, we joined in with the local and state DAR chapters, at their invitation.  It started at about 6:30 PM with a temperature of about 80 degrees.  But it was overcast for most of the walk so we didn’t suffer too much in our wool uniforms.  The crowds along the parade route were very enthusiastic and receptive…waving, applauding, and cheering as we passed.  We all had a good [...]

Volunteers came to Glendale Cemetery July 5

From SAR member George DeMoss, July 5, 2017 Volunteers came to Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa, today to gather flags and collect cemetery decorations.  We had help from another group at the cemetery, all young guys, eager to help.  We walked the veteran’s burial area on the west side, some 3000 [...]

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 [...]
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