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Veteran's Memorial, One Example of Vet Dedication in Our Town
DUBUQUE, Iowa - One of the unique aspects of Our Town is its dedication to our veterans.
Over our country's history, many military members have received the Medal of Honor, and eleven of them are buried in Dubuque. Several others have also earned high military distinctions, including the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross, but Veterans Memorial Plaza recognizes all vets, both living and dead.
It was a project years in the making that all started when a Dubuque veteran saw s similar memorial in another state. From there, the community united helping a small group raise the money they needed to build. Now, more than 15-hundred pavers have been installed and list the names of hundreds who've served.
This memorial does more than just honor our veterans.It gives them a place to gather, heal and reflect. Many did that last year when they installed the last piece of the memorial.
"We have guys here that I did not know that come over to me and hug me and were crying on my shoulder because they said that Cobra saved them when they were in Vietnam and it's kind of a bridge to help Vietnam veterans to associate with the other veterans and it's really a healing process as well," Memorial Board of Directors, George Goebel said.
Behind the granite wall is a slab of slates that highlight a number of high honor military award recipients...like the 11 Medal of Honor awards we told you about. It also recognizes prisoners of war and those missing in action.