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The purpose of this memorial is to honor all those who served so valiantly during WWII and to provide posterity with knowledge about the compelling reason for the USA’s involvement in the war…. The preservation of freedom around the world.

The Freedom Flame

The centerpiece of the "Freedom Flame" monument is a fifty-foot-high stainless steel stylized flame. Leading up to the flame is "Freedom Walk," a walkway through time, beginning with Pearl Harbor. The plaza floor is comprised of a global map showing the five major theaters of operation. The "Wall of Memories" is an appropriate backdrop for the Freedom Flame. The total cost of this monument was $735,000, this sum includes a fund to ensure the memorial’s future maintenance.

Iowa Pearl Harbor Memorial

The Iowa Pearl Harbor Veterans' Association, Inc., formed a committee to erect a memorial on the grounds of the capitol in honor of Iowans who made the supreme sacrifice in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and in honor of survivors of the attack. The committee requested permission to place a memorial on the grounds in January, 1991, and was able to raise funds and erect the memorial. It was dedicated on Veterans' Day, November 11, 1991. Names on the memorial follow the criteria set by the Iowa Department of Veteran's Affairs, Iowa Pearl Harbor Memorial Criteria.