The Iowa World War I Centennial Committee is proud to announce the dedication of a memorial to Iowa women who served and sacrificed their lives in “The Great War.” On Monday, May 30, 1921, the state of Iowa honored Iowa nurses who died in service during World War I. Ten birch trees were planted on the capitol grounds in honor of those Iowa women.
On May 5th of 2019 a permanent bronze plaque will be dedicated next to ten white oaks that were planted to replace the original trees that were lost over time. The dedication will be on Iowa’s capitol grounds adjacent to the World War II memorial as Iowa again commemorates those who served and sacrificed. The event time is from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
Those honored in 1921 included Marion Crandell, Davenport/Cedar Rapids; Mary Weiman, Fairfield; Mary Elsie Hatch, Edgewood; Kathleen Kennebeck, Carroll; Dorothy Koellner, Fort Madison; and Lorraine Lawson, Burlington. Research of 1921 also identified Maud Holt, Sioux City; Marie Beeman, Mary Mahoney and Ramona Bates.
This memorial is one of 100 selected from around the country as part of the 100 Cities/100 Memorials program. This effort is a joint effort of the United States World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Iowa’s Soldiers in White was one of the 100 selected for a matching grant that has assisted with this restoration.