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Patriotic monument symbolizes freedom in Northwest Iowa


On this patriotic weekend, many in our area continue to celebrate America's birthday, and one Northwest Iowa town used Saturday to dedicate a special monument that honors those who've fought to defend that freedom.

An American flag, military men and women, and a bald eagle are all symbols that reflect freedom, and all incorporated onto the Freedom Rock in George, Iowa.

"It means quite a bit to especially the military people that served," Vietnam Veteran Dennis Van Briesen said.

Community members gathered to dedicate this special monument.

"We have to be so thankful for the town of George and the community that they were able to go ahead and work with the Freedom Rock and the painter that painted it, and they did such a nice job," Korean War Veteran Harley Behrens said

"It was an opportunity, there were only a few places in Iowa that were going to get one, and there's only one to a county, the way I understood it," George, IA Mayor Gary Siebring said.

Van Briesen is from George and is a member of Rolling Thunder Chapter 1.

"It's to see to it that our POW/MIA, Missing in Action, are recovered that never came home from wars, and not just the Vietnam War, but all other wars also, so we are working towards trying to get these people, remains or whatever to come back home," Van Briesen said

Van Briesen said his group donated a bench to be part of this patriotic attraction.

"You can just be glad that you served and your able to come home and enjoy it," Van Briesen said.

"This has made Locker Park a very special attraction. I just hope it'll be here forever," Behrens said.

An everlasting symbol of our country's hard-earned freedom in Northwest Iowa.


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