Updated: Jun 1, 2021
Sir Knight JW Erie dedicated the new plaques he installed last August at the Fallen Soldier Memorial Plaza in Ankeny, Iowa. Video here:
Thank you to the Honor Guard from Father Paul F. Hans Assembly 3265 present for the wreath laying ceremony this morning: Barry Spear, JW Erie, Jim Studer, Jim Huber, Kirk Schwiete, Mike Black, Keith Martin, Rick Sibbel.
Sir Knight JW Erie closed with a poem: "We Honor You Today" by Susan R. Smith To all of our veterans Far and near. We thank you for your service For all those years. You sacrificed your time, And some gave your life. You preserved our freedom By willingly paying the price. Many of you Were sent overseas. You were wounded in battle, With scars and disease. But courageous and brave, You weathered the storm. You faced every battle With faith and beyond. We honor you with joy For all that you've done. You stood strong for our country, For our daughters and sons. So no one stands alone, We walk hand in hand. Remember, we are with you. Together we shall stand. We salute you today. Hear what we say. Let our words speak eloquently In this special way. On this day, Let us express our love and thanks For the sacrifice you paid. You served in honor For many years and days, And we will never forget How you were strong and brave.