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.

If you're interested creating breathtaking views of the Des Moines River and skyline from this beautiful memorial, please sign-up. We will then contact you about dates when they come open to see if you are available to help. We've tried a couple of times but weather has not been nice to us this fall.

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