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New memorial in Primghar honors veterans

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Primghar's new veteran's memorial will be dedicated during town's quasquicentennial. Primghar's new veteran's memorial will be dedicated during town's quasquicentennial.
PRIMGHAR, Iowa (KTIV) -

Military men and women will receive permanent recognition in Primghar, Iowa.

Planning for the Primghar Veteran's Memorial began in the fall of 2011. Members of the Veteran's Memorial Committee said they're very happy with the community's response so far.

"There's always people here all the time looking at it. They think it's beautiful. So, it's been very well accepted by the community," Chairperson of the Veteran's Memorial Committee Bradley McDowell said.

"We were just amazed at the support we got. We thought when we started out that we would have a hard time raising enough money to even do it," Vice Chairman of the Veteran's Memorial Committee Bill Wagner said.

And, they had plenty of support. McDowell said the committee raised about $100,000 for the project. Most of that money was raised from donations and selling space for the veteran's names on the memorial.

There are four black rectangular slabs listing the veteran's names, which surround another monument in the center. The center monument lists the names of those killed in action. About 460 names are on the memorial and every veteran listed has a strong tie to Primghar, Iowa.

"They all are from Primghar or have a connection to Primghar," McDowell said.

Chairman of the O'Brien County Board Tom Farnsworth said he's glad his name is a part of it.

"I figured, you know, for my kids, to have tribute to have something to look at and say 'grandpa was there and grandpa's name's there.' Hopefully, they come and look at it some time in their life," Farnsworth said.

Behind the monument, three flags wave in the breeze including the American flag, the Iowa flag, and the POW/MIA flag for veterans.

Chairperson of the Veteran's Memorial Committee Bradley McDowell served in the army during the Vietnam War. He said this piece of land was given to the committee by the city.

"We just thought it'd be a good location, across from the courthouse, across from the community center," McDowell said.

McDowell said the empty space left on the memorial will allow for more veterans to add their names in the future.

The official dedication ceremony for the veteran's memorial will be held Friday at 3:30 in the afternoon during the community's 125th celebration.

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