Newly unveiled Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial in New Hampton
Written by Danielle Wagner, Anchor/Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
NEW HAMPTON (KWWL) -
The Chickasaw County Courthouse in New Hampton is now home to the Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial.
"It's as good as I hoped it would be," said Joe Glaser.
The Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial Committee began fundraising for the project last December. Thanks to tons of community support, the committee raised even more money than expected in less than a year.
"I figured it would be three to four years to raise the money, and everything here is paid for," said Glaser.
"We thought we were going to be in the neighborhood of $150,000 to $200,000. We ended up around $350,000," said Mick Gage.
Mick Gage and Joe Glaser chaired the memorial committee. Gage served in Vietnam and Glaser served aboard a hospital ship during the Korean War.
"I knew a lot of people who never came back. I wanted to do it for those who couldn't be here to do it."
The committee looked at about 30 different memorials before deciding on the design featuring walls for all the conflicts. The focal point of the memorial is an archway representing each branch of the military.
The courthouse was picked as the site because of its prominence in the county, and because a stone slab was already in place thanks to an Eagle Scout Project by Mick Gage's son years ago.
Gage and Glaser hope everyone in eastern Iowa enjoys the Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial as much as they do.
"Tears in my eyes. It's wonderful," said Gage.
Gage said he's proud to tell people everything used in the memorial was made and/or purchased in the U.S.
The Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial is still accepting names to be added to the memorial for those with ties to Chickasaw County. Just call Bonnie at 641-394-2808. The cost for adding a name is $150.
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