Veterans Names Being Added in Memoriam to
Monument at Veterans Memorial Park in Iola
The American Legion Sheveland-Taylor Post 14 will be adding veteran’s names to the large granite Memoriam Monuments at the Veterans Memorial Park in Iola. The monuments honor all those from the Iola and Scandinavia area who have served in the military with their name being engraved in memoriam after they pass away.
Currently there are over seven hundred deceased veteran’s names on the monument. The American Legion has researched and found over five hundred additional names which will be added to the monument once the funds have been raised. The names include veterans dating back to the Civil War through today. Due to the large number of names being added, two additional granite monuments measuring 84” tall by 52” wide by 8” thick will need to be purchased and added to the existing four granite monuments that create the memorial.
The American Legion wants to make sure all eligible veterans names are placed on the monument and needs your help to make this project successful. If you know of family members or other relatives, friends or any veterans that have been residents of the Iola or Scandinavia area over the years who have served in the Armed Forces they are eligible to have their names inscribed on the monument. Those eligible may have been raised in the area or attended school in Iola or Scandinavia and moved away or may have moved to the area later in life.
Please submit their names along with the branch of service they served in, when they served, when they passed away and where they are buried to The American Legion at the address below along with your name and phone number. They need not be buried locally to be eligible.
A list of the names that are currently on the existing monuments and the names of those being added to the monument can be viewed in the front window of 175 North Main Street in Iola, the Iola Public Library, and the Scandinavia Public Library. A list may also be viewed on this website under "Explore".
Five new flag poles will be added to display the flags of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard which will be on display twenty four hours a day to honor those that have served or are currently serving in one of these branches of service. Sponsorship of one of the new flag poles is $1,500 which includes the cost of the flag pole, concrete work to anchor flag pole, lighting and choice of flag from one of the branches of service. A plaque will show the veteran being honored and/or unit and the sponsors name if so wished. Sponsors of the flag poles will need to call Lyle Mork at 715-347-1328 to make sure that particular flag pole has not already been sponsored.
The total cost of the project including the two large granite monuments, the engraving of the names, flag poles, additional lighting and concrete work, is estimated to be $26,000 to $30,000 depending on how many additional names could be added to the current list.
If you would like to contribute to this important project please make your check payable to The American Legion and mail it to The American Legion, c/o Lyle Mork, 295 Blaine Street, Iola, WI 54945. A letter of receipt will be mailed back to all donors and your donation will be tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent allowable by law.