STACYVILLE, Iowa - It’s always important to remember our nation’s heroes and a local town has dedicated a space for doing just that.
The Stacyville American Club has been hard at work since November building a veterans memorial in Stacyville City Park.
On Saturday, the community had the chance to see this commemorative area for the first time. It was a ceremony that was filled with memories, laughter and tears.
American Legion Post 569 Commander, Glenn Cimmiyotti was overwhelmed by the number of people who came out in support of their project. He tells us, he was even more surprised by the community’s willingness to donate and help fund the development.
Residents from the area were able purchase a brick for $50 that would be engraved in memory of their loved ones, and placed within the pavement surrounding the memorial. Cimmiyotti says that when they first began the project, they expected to see 50-or-so donations come in. He announced on Saturday that that estimate was blown out of the water.
“One of the committee members ended up telling me, they thought I was crazy,” he explains as he tells us he expected to see as many as 400 brick donations.
“It ended up we hit 466, and it was actually unreal,” Cimmiyotti says, “The numbers just kept going up, and up, and up, and up, and we already have bricks sold for next year too.”
Along with the personal pavers and a granite monument, the memorial includes three new flag poles sponsored by business in town. The center pole will fly the American flag, with the state and P.O.W. flags flying on either side.
Bricks are still available for purchase for $50 for families who would like to be a part of the memorial. All inquiries about purchasing a brick can be made through Karen Brumm at (641) 220-0834.