During Memorial Day services across the state, Iowans joined the rest of the nation in honoring service men and women killed during wartime and other loved ones who have died.
In Cedar Rapids, events on Monday, May 30, 2022, included a service and free tours of exhibitions at the Veterans Memorial Building downtown, and an outdoor Mass at St. John’s Cemetery, which retains its Czech immigrant roots in southeast Cedar Rapids.
Temperatures soared, while strong winds proved challenging at outdoor events. Dan Martinek, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, came out of the crowd at the service at St. John’s Cemetery to keep the American flag from toppling over.
Visitors inside the Veterans Memorial Building were able to view the stained glass Memorial Window by renowned Iowa artist Grant Wood, along with military themed gallery displays and other exhibits.
See more photos from both Memorial Day events below: