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Volunteer with City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department

| Gold Star Memorial Tree Removal

October 20th, 2018
November 11 (Armistice Day) marks 100 years since the end of World War I. 114,242 Iowans served in the armed forces during World War I. Marion Crandell, an Iowan, was the first woman to die of injuries in the war and one of the first soldiers killed in combat, Merle David Hay, was also from Iowa. We lost 3,576 in this war. In 1926, Polk County placed a Gold Star Memorial to honor our fallen soldiers.

Join WW1 Centennial volunteers and volunteers from the Capitol Park neighborhood (the boyhood home of John Burke, a fallen WWI soldier, the namesake of Burke Park across the street)as they work to re-open the view from this beautiful memorial. Volunteers will remove weed trees from the memorial down to the trail below, exposing the Des Moines River's breathtaking views that were once here.
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