Nestled in rural Iowa is an amazing sight that honors veterans both living and deceased. This monument is located the west edge of Albia, IA and is a magnificent display that signifies so much for our country. Monroe County has generously donated eight acres of land on highway 34 (named after the 34th Infantry) just west of the city limits to make an honored place in the heart of Iowa and a grateful nation where all soldiers, living and deceased, can be at home with their comrades – a fitting home for this special kind of monument.
Welcome Home Soldier Monument is a public monument of national magnitude. It memorializes the active duty peacetime and wartime honorably discharged veterans in the past, present, and those in the future. Their commendable services will be immortalized and be used as a model and a history lesson of the wars and great battles fought for the freedom of future generations.
Twenty-one marble crosses are placed down the center of our monument in the grassy area leading up to the granite wall, lighted at night for everyone to enjoy. These 21 Welcome home2crosses represent the 21 gun salute — the highest honor you can bestow on a soldier who served their country. There are also 100 American flags that adorn the lawn in front of the monument. This weekend there are an additional 300 flags in honor of Memorial Day.
This monument was developed with a vision and there are a still a few parts of that vision to be realized, to see the full story you can check out this short YouTube video.
For more information on the monument, how to support it or upcoming events happening at the monument be sure to check out their website located here.
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