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Iowa City Press Citizen Article

Greetings All:

Thank you to the Press Citizen for the great pre-story for Wreaths Across America and Patriots Light The Night Ceremonies on Saturday:


The Press Citizen has given us a venue to post photos from Saturday’s events as well.  See link below:


Looking forward to great events….DRESS WARM!

Le Ann


Patriots Light The Night!


Saturday, December 11 · 6:00pm – 6:30pm

4540 Melrose Ave. Iowa National Guard Readiness Center

Please join our Iowa National Guard Families as Wreaths Across America hosts a candle light ceremony to honor our deployed Iowans and their loved ones.

Candles will be provided or you may bring your own. We will light the night with patriotic music, words of enlightment and honor for our dear deployed Iowans.

Please dress warm!

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