WWI Veteran

Compatriots of the the Central Iowa Chapter S.A.R., First thanks to those of you (and the 4 ladies from the Iowa D.A.R.) that were able to attend the ceremony in Marshalltown, Iowa on May 7th, 2010. Compatriot Dave Shannon also gave an extremely interesting presentation of the use of divining rods and took photos of the event. For those of you that were not able to attend, I have attached a photo and an article link. http://www.timesrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/525262.html?nav=5005 Next up for the Central Iowa Chapter Color Guard is the internment of  a WWI at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Friday May 14th around 1:15 pm. IVC is centrally located approximately 10 miles west of Des Moines and runs south along Interstate 80 in Dallas County near the community of Van Meter. (I-80, Exit 113). Interstate signs mark the exit. The cemetery entrance is also easily identifiable and is just off of Veterans Memorial Drive (formerly “R” Avenue). [...]

Wreaths Across America – SUCCESS

A huge congratulations goes out to our entire Society and community for the outstanding success we had this year in organizing and executing our local Wreaths Across America campaign. This surely would not have been nearly such a great turnout without the massive efforts of our own Editor, Fran Keith. Our State President and First Lady, Mike and Mary Rowley. And many more, my apologies if I didn’t get everyone that had a heavy hand in this as I was more of a spectator on this one then a participant. Thanks to you Fran for a job well done, take a bow! Unfortunately I was unable to attend as I was seeing to my own National Guard commitments. Thank you again to all and lets keep this ball rolling! Scott Rowley Central Iowa Chapter President IASSAR [...]

Wreaths Across America 2009 AAR

I will limit my comments on the Wreaths Across America event at Woodlands Cemetery to the actual ceremony, participants and the days.Dr.  Francis Keith, COL USAR, Ret, of the IASSAR has been the chairman and driving force behind this program at Woodlands for the past couple of years and is better suited to discuss the actual mechanics. The WAA ceremony is always held the 2nd Saturday of December at 11:00 AM CST.  This is the exact same time for all 400 locations from Maine to California.Since Central Iowa was hit with one of the most extreme blizzards in a generation (16” of snow and 50 mph winds in Clive, Iowa) in the days just prior to our planned event, I did receive some calls questioning if we would proceed. To the credit of the members of the Iowa Rifles, the IASSAR and the Civil Air Patrol and other invited groups all willingly agreed that the ceremony should go on regardless of the conditions. A visit to the entrance of the cemetery, 24 hours prior to the scheduled event showed that it was completely blocked and had yet to have the snow cleared. It was also about that time that we [...]

Wreaths Across America 2009

Well it is nearly the 2nd Saturday in December, which means the "Wreaths Across America" project is coming soon again to Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa (and 400 other locations from Maine to California). Two years ago there were only two members of the Iowa Sons of the American Revolution placing a few wreaths at Woodland Cemetery. Last year many of you came together with about 40 others and together we placed over 160 wreaths on the graves of veterans at Glendale and Woodland Cemetery. Southeast Iowans also honored veterans with a wonderful ceremony near Ottumwa. In Western Iowa 3 generations of one family also remembered and honored their Revolutionary War veteran ancestor with a wreath and a moment of silence. So on Saturday December 12, 2009 at 11:00 AM in Woodland Cemetery we will again be part of the Wreaths Across America Project. http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/ We invite all to join us to Remember the fallen: Honor those who serve; and teach our children the value of freedom. While we won't know until a couple of days before the ceremony how many wreaths we will have. We do know that we will have wreaths to honor each branch of the [...]

Wreaths Across America 2008

Dear Compatriots, This year IASSAR received a “Partners in Patriotism” Award at the NSSAR Congress. The Award was given for IASSAR participation in the “Wreaths Across America” program in 2007. Actually only two of us participated, Mike Rowley and myself and our roll was minimal. The Jean Marie Cardinal Chapter of DAR were the ones who did the work. See photos from 2007 on our website. This is a national movement to decorate veterans graves across America with fresh evergreen wreaths just before Christmas. There are 286 locations, including 4 in Iowa (but not including the first time effort in Des Moines by DAR last year) where veterans graves were decorated last year. There were 32,553 wreaths placed on veterans graves This year the ceremony will be on Saturday Dec. 13 at 12:00 PM EST –11:00 AM, Iowa time My strong belief and recommendation to the BOM is to join this movement. To begin, I urge each of you to open the website: Wreaths Across America.Org and read what is happening. There is a veterans cemetery in Woodland and Glendale cemeteries in Des Moines and probably more I do not know about. Francis [...]

Wreaths Across America

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Womens Auxiliary

The IASSAR Board of Management meeting on May 23, 2007 approved the establishment of a Women’s Auxiliary. Membership will be open to wives, widows, mother, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, and nieces of IASSAR members. Funds were made available for communication with prospective members. An organization meeting will be held during the IASSAR 2007 fall meeting. A communication will be sent prior to this fall meeting. Please plan on attending this very important opportunity to participate in the formation of the IASSAR Women’s Auxiliary. If you should have any questions please contact one of us by mail, telephone, or e-mail.   Helen Swearingen210 Parkview DriveWaukee, IA 50263515-987-8740sdean402@aol.com Ann Scarpino7725 Wistful Vista Unit 702West Des Moines, Iowa 50266515-537-5537Johnann5@aol.com Mrs. Swearingen & Mrs. Laurence-ScarpinoWomen’s Auxiliary – National Congress 2007 ANN LAURENCE-SCARPINO NATIONAL LADIES AUXILIARY REPORT Ann visited the Ladies Auxiliary Hospitality Room to place the Iowa Basket on view for the raffle and to meet new attendees and renew acquaintances with other chapters and state members. She made a contribution to the Raffle Fund to benefit the Heritage Center. Ann attended both the First Lady’s Reception and Luncheon to express our appreciation for Wanda White’s outstanding example and leadership this year. She participated in [...]

William Sinkey

Enlisted: Unknown Buried: Hickory Grove Cemetery, Section 17 Brandon Twp. Jackson County, Ia. Of Note: Age on gravestone is 83 Pictures: One Two [...]

William Potter

Enlisted: Unknown Buried: Hickory Grove Cemetery, near Emeline, Ia. Of Note: Served in Lieutenant Lamme’s company of foot soldiers, a unit of the 10th Virginia Regiment. Pictures: One [...]

William Crockett

Enlisted: Unknown Buried: Remains transferred to Oak View Cemetery Monroe County, Albia, Ia Of Note: Pvt 4th Class in 4th Battalion Cumberland County, Pa. Militia Pictures: One Two [...]
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