Two new monuments in Iola
American Legion Sheveland-Taylor Post 14 will dedicate two new monuments at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29, at the at Veterans Memorial Park in Iola.
Names were added to four existing monuments and five new service flags and flag poles installed at the park located at 200 N. Main St.
The guest speaker will be Mark Sether.
There were previously more than 700 deceased veteran’s names on the monuments. The American Legion has researched and found more than 500 additional names that were missed and were added to the monuments.
The names include veterans dating back to the Civil War through today.
Due to the large number of names that were added, two additional granite monuments measuring 84 inches tall by 52 inches wide by 8 inches thick were purchased and added to the existing four granite monuments that create the memorial. A bronze donor’s plaque will list all donor names.
The monuments honor all those from the Iola and Scandinavia area who have served in the military with their name being engraved in memoriam after they pass away.
The flags of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard will be on display 24 hours a day to honor those who have served or are currently serving in the military.
The flag poles were sponsored through special donations. A bronze plaque on each flag pole shows those that are honored or the sponsors of the flag poles.
The public is also invited to attend the pork roast at the Iola Historical Society sponsored by the Iola Historical Society and the American Legion Sheveland-Taylor Post 14. All veterans will receive a free dinner.
The American Legion will also have a display showing the new Walk of Honor monument for which funds are currently being raised.