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Light The Night ~ Honoring Our Deployed & Their Families

Saturday ~ December 11th at 6PM    ~  Iowa National Guard Readiness Center at 4540 Melrose Ave. in Iowa City

We are very honored to announce that we have a wonderful vocalist performing for us as we Light The Night for our deployed troops and their families. Tina Doran, a veteran spouse, has performed the National Anthem at most athletic events at Kellogg Community College and Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Tina also performed the National Anthem at football games at the University of Michigan’s Big House.


Itinerary For Dec. 11th Ceremony

We invite you to be a part of this special day of rememberance and honor for our veterans and service members. We will place approximately 300 wreaths at Oakland Cemetery in the morning.

Schedule as follows:

9:45AM:  Honor procession with wreaths arrive at cemetery gates. All  guests are asked to bring your flag and line the 

drive from the gates to the gazebo to welcome the procession.

10AM:   Section leaders will lead groups to place wreaths at gravesites thoughout the cemetery.

10:40: Pre- Ceremony: Music provided by Iowa City’s Old Capitol Chorus. Names will be read of Civil War Veterans 

 buried in Oakland Cemetery. Korean War Veterans will be honored at this time.

11AM: Ceremony will begin promptly at 11AM to coincide with all ceremonies across America and on all seven seas.

Colors Presented by Company “A” 49th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Pledge Of Allegiance: Area Boy Scout Organizations (our “red caps” for the day)

Ceremonial wreaths presented for each military branch and POW-MIA

Keynote address: Maj. Genral Robert Sentman

Lunch immediately following at the Iowa City American Legion Post located at 3016 Muscatine Ave.


Marco’s Cab will provide shuttle service from 911 N. Governor (former DHS Bldg) to the gazebo area. Service will be provided after ceremony back to cars.

Pick up schedule is as follows:


Free will donations are appreciated.

For questions call Le Ann Tyson at 430.1187 or email leanntyson@msn.com

From 1918- Our Iowa Heroes

This INCREDIBLE picture was taken in 1918.
It is 18,000 men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge , in Iowa .
What a priceless gift from our grandfathers!

Iowa National Guard

An amazing piece of history


Base to Shoulder: 150 feet
Right Arm: 340 feet
Widest part of arm holding torch: 12 1/2 feet
Right thumb: 35 feet
Thickest part of body: 29 feet
Left hand length: 30 feet
Face: 60 feet
Nose: 21 feet
Longest spike of head piece: 70 feet
Torch and flame combined: 980 feet
Number of men in flame of torch: 12,000
Number of men in torch: 2,800
Number of men in right arm: 1,200
Number of men in body, head and balance of figure only: 2,000
Total men: 18,000