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Memorial Dedicated to Johnson County Veterans
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Local veterans came out in full force for a dedication in Iowa City today.
It was to celebrate the site of the new Johnson county Armory and Veterans Memorial.
With today being Veterans Day, many here say it's indeed the best day to dedicate this veterans memorial to the brave men and women of Johnson County
The weather outside is chilly and windy, but that didn't stop these veterans and their family members from gathering outside.
"It's for all the military people in Johnson County that gave the time and service that they did for the military," said veteran Tom Travis
He is talking about the dedication of the Johnson County Armory and Veterans Memorial.
"They opened and dedicated a memorial not only to veterans from the Johnson County area but also to the building that served them and was on this site for many decades," said Iowa City Mayor Matt Hayek.
While that building was destroyed during the floods of 2008, this memorial was created to educate the public on the history of the armory.
"This is our way of paying tribute to all veterans deceased, POWs, MIAs still unaccounted for as well as current, future generations to come," said Gary Boseneiler, director of Johnson County Veterans Affairs.
The memorial was actually installed this past august and was funded by private donations, but they chose this day, Veterans Day at the 11th hour and the 11th day of the 11th month to host the dedication.
"It's the peace treaty originally from World War I to end all wars but it was the most appropriate day," said Boseneiler.
For the veterans who came out today, the memorial also has its own significance
"It just means that we kind of stick together and its something for all of us to connect to," said Travis.
Bricks are also part of the memorial.
They are the names of veterans and their supporters and are still available for a $75 donation.