CLOSINGS: View Closings

Traveling war memorial in Britt this weekend

Memorial honoring post 9-11 era veterans setting up first ever stop in Iowa in Britt

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 10:09 PM

BRITT, Iowa - It's not something you see every day; a traveling memorial called "Remembering Our Fallen Tribute Towers" is being set up to remember soldiers who have died since 9/11, and is making Britt its first ever stop in Iowa.


Nancy Michel's husband served in Vietnam, and has two sons who served in Operation Desert Storm, and is excited to see the memorial coming to her town.

"I think it's an honor. Because we're the first city in the state of Iowa to have it done," Michel says.

It's a token of pride for Nancy, and adds that the town is actively spreading the word.

"Our women's VFW has been doing so much promoting it," Michel adds.

Jerry Christensen is a two time veteran and served in both the Marine Corps and the Army for 24 years.

"It's a relief that everybody wanted to help," Christensen says.

He's also been in charge of bringing the memorial to Britt, along with his daughter Amy Boekelman.

"Remembering what happened in 2001...that what we lost, and the guys that are coming back with PTS, they're all on this too. And anyone that was in training, stateside, overseas, that was killed, their names are on this too," Christensen adds.

And when the memorial finally rolled into town, Michel was at a loss for words.

"It's a once in a lifetime thing, it'll probably never happen to Britt again. And...I don't know how you explain it. It's fantastic, awesome, very proud to American," Michel adds.

The memorial will be at the Veteran's Memorial Park until 6 p.m. Sunday night, with its next stop at Bellevue University in Omaha.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
18° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 4°
Albert Lea
18° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 13°
Feels Like: 7°
Austin
Clear
21° wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 8°
Charles City
Clear
23° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 8°
Rochester
Broken Clouds
21° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 14°
Feels Like: 6°
Wintry mix to snow through Monday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Osage has built a small town powerhouse

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast 2/17

Image

Pool and field house moving forward

Image

Cookies for the troops

Image

Riding along as plow drivers clear the roads

Image

Spring Break Travel Danger

Image

Sibshop program helping siblings of kids with disabilities

Image

An Out of this World Engineering Contest

Image

Push to Ban Conversion Therapy

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast 2/17

Community Events