MACEDONIA, Iowa — After six months of work, Macedonia's Eagles of Honor veterans memorial is ready.
“We're very excited. This is a great opportunity to honor our veterans,” said Ruby Bentley, a Macedonia resident and a member of the project committee. “The monument's something people will want to see, along with all the other eagles in the county.”
The town plans to unveil the memorial at 4 p.m. Sunday. The eagle is near Pioneer Trail (also called County Road G66) on the west side of town, where the Macedonia school building once stood.
Macedonia's theme for its memorial is Trails of Honor, which pays homage to the town's spot on the Mormon Trail, said James Braden, a volunteer on the project.
“We want to honor our veterans and our heritage,” he said, noting that one of the slogans for the monument is “Following the footsteps to freedom.”
In Macedonia, the memorial includes information about Mormon settlers who passed through in the 1840s.
“This means a lot. We have some veterans that did a tremendous amount during our wars,” said Skip Raney, another member of the committee. “This will be an asset for the community, a nice place to reminisce and thank the people that fight in our wars.”
Braden said the memorial, which took three years to complete, cost an estimated $60,000, with $25,000 coming from the Pottawattamie County Board and the rest from fundraising.
“In a small community, everybody has to do their part,” said Sue McCready, who headed the committee overseeing the project.
McCready said that the original location the committee targeted for the memorial fell through when the landowner decided not to sell, delaying the project as the committee considered other locations.
“Something needed to be on the school site,” she said. “In three years, we've had our ups and downs, but the monument's beautiful. It turned out very well.”
Edward A. Slocum Sr., an Army veteran and Macedonia native, will speak at the dedication. A reception with treats and coffee will follow at the DeWitt Community Center.