MASON CITY, Iowa - 13 years ago, the Mason City Veterans Memorial Association built a memorial to honor veterans in Central Park and today 17 new names were added.
United States Army veteran Mike Lowe is one of them who says he is thankful for the honor.
“For this day it's a memorable deal because of all the freedom that all of the people have.”
Lowe reflects on how things have changed in a positive direction for how veterans are honored now.
"My heart goes out to all the soldiers and families you know they got a disrespectful homecoming and I thought that was really terrible compared to what everybody else is coming home to now,” says Lowe.
And he credits the local VFW chapters for their efforts and all they do for veterans in North Iowa.
"The VFW here in Mason City and surrounding areas these gentleman and ladies do a fantastic job presenting stuff to people and being at the funerals and stuff and putting flags."
Navy veteran Al Petersen from Clear Lake shared his thoughts on what the Clear Lake VFW is doing to build a new memorial.
"It's important that the people know about us and know what we've done,” says Petersen.
“I’m pleased with the turnout and it sounded like the people were really enthusiastic to see where we are going with the memorial,” say Mike Nelson, Veteran.