Mason City Area Veterans Monument
• Unseen • Unheard • Unwavering • United •
To the mothers, fathers, and families whose sons and daughters have made the supreme sacrifice.
To those veterans who still suffer the wounds and ravages of war and to those missing and not yet home.
In order that we may continue to live in freedom in the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America.
We, the people of the Mason City Area gratefully dedicate this monument this 11th day of November 2004.
May their sacrifices never be forgotten.
I Am The Flag
I am the Flag of the United States of America.
I was born on June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia.
There the Continental Congress adopted my stars and stripes as the national flag.
My thirteen stripes alternating red and white, with a union of Thirteen white stars in a field of blue, representing a new constellation, a new nation dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind.
Today fifty stars signal from my union, one for each of the fifty sovereign states in the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known.
My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.
My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all.
My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty and faith.
I represent these eternal principles: Liberty, Justice, and Humanity.
I embody American freedom: Freedom of Speech, Religion, Assembly, the Press, and the Sanctity of the Home.
I typify that indomitable spirit of determination brought to my land by Christopher Columbus and by all my forefathers - the Pilgrims, Puritans, Settlers at Jamestown and Plymouth.
I am as old as my nation.
I am a living symbol of my nation's law:
the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.
I voice Abraham Lincoln's philosophy:
'A government of the people, by the people, for the people.'
I stand guard over my nation's schools,
the seedbed of good citizenship and true patriotism.
I am displayed in every schoolroom throughout my nation:
every schoolyard has a flag pole for my display.
Daily thousands upon thousands of boys and girls
pledge their allegiance to me and my country.
I have my own law - Public Law 829, 'The Flag Code' - which definitely states my correct use and display for all occasions and situations.
I have my special day, Flag Day.
Americans, I am the sacred emblem of your country. I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty purchased with blood and sorrow.
I am your title deed of freedom,
which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity.
If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate, if I am nullified and destroyed, you and your children will become slaves to dictators and despots.
Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom.
As you see me silhouetted against the peaceful skies of my country, remind yourself that I am the flag of your country,
that I stand for what you are - no more, no less.
Guard me well, lest your freedom perish from the earth.
Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand: 'One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'
I was created in freedom.
I made my first appearance in a battle for human liberty.
God grant that I may spend eternity in my 'land of the free and the home of the brave' and that I shall ever be known as 'Old Glory,' the Flag of the United States of America.
[Honor Rolls of Veterans Panel Titles]
This monument honors all American veterans who, although separated by generations, shared a common undeniable goal: to valiantly protect
Who are we remembering?
The nation mourns the loss of all Americans who died defending our country. These are men and women who have remained mostly anonymous except to their families and friends. We must respect and give thanks to each and every veteran, past and present.
Duty - Honor - Country
Let every nation know, whether it wishes well or ill that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of freedom.
One has to leave it to understand and truly love it.
One has to sit in isolation and yearn for it.
And once one has experienced the yearning, then one understands it most and loves it with the proper awe.
Is the unfailing love of a country; loyalty to its institutions and ideals; eagerness to defend it against all enemies; undivided allegiance to the flag; and a desire to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and posterity.
Established to create remembrance, to honor veterans and to remind all people of the sacrifices veterans have made to protect and preserve freedom, to create a living legacy of the past.
Originally known as 'Armistice Day'
Was designed to celebrate the end of WW-I, November 11, 1918
After WW-II, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed a bill proclaiming November 11 Veterans Day honoring all veterans.
These honored veterans must never be forgotten. We must remember their sacrifice and courage, pride in uniform, defense of freedom, and dedication to our nation.
Because sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance.
Far too often our nation as a whole takes for granted the freedoms we enjoy, those freedoms paid for with the blood, sweat, and tears of our veterans.
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility... a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
Whether in peacetime or wartime, our veterans have served to protect our freedoms of speech, religion, unreasonable search & seizure, and home security.
The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten
Given that the vast majority of Americans have never heard a shot fired in anger, the imaginative presentation of military history is vital, lest rising generations have no sense of the sacrifices of which they are beneficiaries.
Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world, for indeed, that's all who ever have.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, than [sic] you are a leader.
Here in honored glory are those who served in the United States Armed Forces in time of war and peace.
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by the men and women in service of our great nation. It is the spirit of these men and women who follow and of those who lead that gains the victory.
A nation reveals itself not only by the men and women it produces, but also by the way it remembers and honors those men and women.
Prayer for our Men and Women in Military Service
Almighty God, creator of all things, we place our request for world peace into your hands. Continue to be our refuge and our strength as we undertake this challenge. Bless with your divine protection our service men and women.
Let their faith and trust in you never weaken. Bring them safely home to their loved ones. Let your heavenly wisdom direct our world leaders to seek peace.
Through their actions, may harmony and justice be secured. We pray for people of all nations. Fill their hearts with the
We ask that you watch over those exposed to the horrors of war. Let your compassion shine on all who dwell in these war-torn areas. Guide our daily path to the way of peace.
Let us all, in some way, be an instrument of your peace. Heavenly Father, let peace reign throughout the world. Amen.
Location. 43° 9.135′ N, 93° 12.134′ W. Marker is in Mason City, Iowa, in Cerro Gordo County. Marker is on Washington Avenue (U.S. 65) south of 1st Street NW, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Central Park, Mason City IA 50401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Replica of the Statue of Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); Cronin-Dexter Camp No. 28 United Spanish War Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War Memorial Mason City Public Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mason City.
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 18, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. submitted on October 18, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.