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Veterans Appreciation Day in Cherokee

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Cherokee County Veteran Affairs Office will be hosting this year's seventh annual Cherokee County Veterans Appreciation Day to be held on Saturday, July 28 at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the main ceremony at 1 p.m.

The theme will be "Fallen Heroes of Iowa."

"Fallen Heroes of Iowa" is a traveling display of the 70 Iowa men and women who have given their all since 9/11.

Cherokee County Veteran Affairs Director Dana Evens remarked, "'The Fallen Heroes of Iowa' display is equivalent to our Vietnam Wall."

The display will arrive in Cherokee on Friday, July 27 and be set-up in by 5 p.m. and will be open to the public and lighted so visitors can attend anytime during the night.

There will also be a free lunch as part of Saturday's events.

Scheduled to be in attendance on Veteran's Appreciation Day are representatives from the South Dakota Veteran Administration Hospital of Sioux Falls, Iowa Veteran Administration Regional Office, County and National Veteran Service Officers, Sioux City Vet Center, Iowa Workforce Development, Senator Harkin's Office, and VA Pension Center and the Mobile Vet Center RV.

There will be music; a craft show and businesses from around the area are invited to participate and set-up at no charge.

The Cherokee American Legion will also have a map on display that coordinate to the hometowns of the fallen soldiers.

There will also be display of flags adorned with dog tags with the names of all the fallen.

Evans also stated that this year's Veteran Appreciation Day will be costing more than previous year's. He currently asking for donation to help with the cost. He said that the cost for the "Fallen Heroes of Iowa" display will be $800, and the cost of making the dog tags that will be given to the families of the Heroes will cost $250. In total, Evans is seeking $1,500 for the event.

If you would like to donate you can drop your donation off at the Vietnam Veterans of America account at Cherokee State Bank or be sent to the Cherokee Veterans Affairs office at 228 1/2 W. Main St, Cherokee, IA 51012.

If you donate $250 or more, a large business card size will be in the Veterans Appreciation Day Program. For $100 to $250 a smaller size card will be used in the program and under that amount your name will be typed in.

"All donations will be greatly appreciated," said Evans.

To help with fundraising efforts there is currently a raffle be held for a 46 inch Toshiba Flat-screen TV. Chances are $5 and you can get your chance at the Cherokee Veteran's Affairs Office and the drawing will be held on Veteran's Appreciation Day.

Volunteers are also needed to read the names of the Fallen during the main ceremony, if there is a particular name that you want to read it can be arranged.

Cherokee County Veterans Affairs Director Dana Evans explains, "Were hoping for a lot of community involvement this year to make this event the best one yet. There are over 10,000 veterans in Cherokee County ranging from 18 to 93 years of age. Let all show are appreciation to our Cherokee County Veterans."

For more information or to help with the planning of this year's celebration, contact Dana Evans at 225-6319 or 282-4360.

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