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Gladbrook Legion Says ‘THANK YOU’

August 22, 2019
Submitted by Jolene Denbow , Northern-Sun Print

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of The American Legion, the Gladbrook Post #127 chose to walk the 6 cemeteries they serve for their Memorial Day activities and check each Veteran's grave for a military flag marker as a special project. Denbows started at Badger Hill in the fall of 2018 finding broken Civil War markers, many gravesites where the Avenue of Flags committee had been placing the Memorial Flags in the ground as there was no military marker and still others broken or with bent rods.

Plot maps were used from each of Badger Hill, Union Grove, Gethmann and Crystal. Doug Sienknecht does a great job taking care of Maple Hill and Lincoln Township Cemeteries. And then Dick and Jolene started 'walking' as we checked each gravesite and indicated on the map what was needed. A marker, repair as welding/painting, or drilling/glueing the marker there into the cement around the tombstone. They ordered markers and completed the cemeteries leaving Crystal for the last.

An application for a grant from the Cedar Valley Foundation of NE Iowa/Tama County was written and the $1750 granted for the project to be completed by Oct 2019.

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Dick Denbow, Leo Lohse, Dennis Haack, Jack Sass, Terry Schmitz, and Bob Knaack. Commander Ron Busch had to leave.

Again the walk-through of Crystal Cemetery was done, several times, to find gravesites, update maps, determine # of markers needed. Markers arrived, gravesites were flagged and markers laid out, maps were color coded to needs as new markers drill/

glue in or those found in the grass that needed holes drilled and then glued. A total of 40 new markers, with over 100 needed holes drilled or glue was found.

On Tuesday, Aug 13, Terry Schmitz with his portable generator with other Legion volunteers arrived at Crystal and in 3 1/2 hours the project there was completed.

Over 200 volunteer hours was donated and it is hoped that Military Markers for all Veterans will be placed in a timely manner in the future. We thank The Tama County Foundation for their support as without their donation, this project would not have been possible.



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