CORALVILLE, Iowa.--An annual ceremony to honor veterans marked 25 years Monday with the addition of three more names to the Coralville Lake Veterans Trail.
“It seems like it has only been five years,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Sentman, who led the ceremony.
In all 170 veterans are honored at the trail. To be considered a veteran must live in Johnson County and must have received at least the Purple Heart for their service.
“It’s just a great opportunity to say thank you to our veterans,” said Dee Goldman, Coralville Lake operations manager.
Sentman said he is aware of nine veterans who he has tried to get to join the list, but they’ve declined for various reasons. He said often times it’s because they want to forget.
“I understand that,” he said.
To celebrate 25 years the ceremony included fireworks, which could be heard for miles.
“It’s a great feeling to honor all these people,” Goldman said.