World War II Memorial model coming to IVH

Recognition for what many call “The Greatest Generation” is never enough, but it continues with a special event July 14 at the Iowa Veterans Home.

IVH is hosting a Day of Honor for the veterans which includes the unveiling of a traveling exhibit which is a 8-foot-by-8-foot wood scale model of the World War II Memorial located in Washington, D.C. The exhibit is presented by Pillars of Honor, a nonprofit organization from Illinois dedicated to honoring World War II veterans.

“They travel around to veterans homes all over the United States and of course we are excited to have it here,” said Aimee Deimerly-Snyder, volunteer services coordinator at IVH. “This is the first time they’ve come to our vets home.”

The event will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. July 14 at the Malloy Leisure Resource Center.

It is free and open to the public.

The display will bring back memories for dozens of area World War II veterans who made the April 2012 trip to see the real memorial as part of the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight. Deimerly-Snyder said there is a buzz about the exhibit among the veterans at IVH.

“They are pretty excited that it’s coming,” she said. “It’s really exciting for the World War II veterans to be able to get together and share their stories.”

Steve Schaefer, president of Pillars of Honor, said the World War II generation could also be called the “humblest generation.”

“They went away and did their duty and never asked for anything,” Schaefer said.

He said they typically have good feedback from veterans at their events.

“We’ve always had great response,” Schaefer said. “The veterans that see it are in awe.”

For more information on the exhibit, contact Diemerly-Snyder at 641-753-4406.