New statues honoring veterans in Mason City

Brett Bachtle
Created: October 26, 2019 11:11 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A dedication for a statue representing all of the men and women of our Armed Forces took place on Saturday in Mason City.

The new statues featuring G.I. Joe and G.I. Jane stand proudly at the All Vets Center along South Monroe Avenue.

The ceremony included a proclamation from Mason City Mayor Bill Schickel, saying Saturday, October 26th, 2019 as G.I Jane and G.I. Joe Day in Mason City.

“The statues mean a lot. It stands for veterans past and present, some that have lost their lives, some that have returned to difficult circumstances,” said veteran Cecil Foell.

A large crowd of veterans, active military and patriotic Americans gathered for the dedication of the statue, including featured speaker Joan Platz. Platz is a Lake Mills native and one of the highest-ranking women in the Navy, who served for 27 years flying helicopters.

“It’s so important for us as a city and as a society to put up statues that tell us what’s important to our country,” Platz said. “The young men and the young women who are wearing the cloth of our uniform guarding the flag say a lot to not only us as citizens, but to our duty to teach young people about what’s important to our country.”

“I think they represent the dedication and the commitment that our servicemen and women do nationwide in conflict to protect our freedoms, our way of life,” said Foell.

The new statue and flag pole were paid for completely by donations from the community.

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