Veterans Memorial Plaza

Public Art in Iowa

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BRANNON MONUMENT COMPANY AND STRAKA JOHNSON ARCHITECTS, P.C.
Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2009

The Veterans Memorial Plaza in Dubuque was designed by Straka Johnson Architects, P.C., while the memorial sculptures were crafted by Brannon Monument Company. The whole project was the brainchild of Dubuque resident and former Marine, Louis Kartman, a veteran of the Korean War. He began discussing his idea for a Veterans Memorial in his town in 2006, and the project broke ground on August 15, 2007 on Chaplain Schmitt Island. The Veterans Memorial Plaza was dedicated on November 11, 2009 and commemorates twelve U.S. military conflicts.

The Plaza consists of a curved granite wall engraved with representations of all branches of the military, with the American and POW/MIA flags flying overhead, flanked by the flags from each branch. A six-ton granite globe rests at the center of the Plaza, surrounded by benches and pavers carrying the names of Dubuque Veterans past and present. Pillars denote the number of casualties of all wars dating back to the American Revolution, except for those conflicts still unresolved, while the Walk of Honor lists the names of 26 Iowans, along with 8 Veterans from Wisconsin and 7 Veterans from Illinois, all of whom earned either a Medal of Honor or a Cross. Aspects of the whole Memorial Plaza are designed so that more names may be added.

Veterans Memorial Plaza website

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