George Memorial Cemetery and Freedom Rock
George, IA

Someone once said, “home is a shelter from all sorts of storms.” One area soldier was taken by the storm, but it took seven decades to return to his shelter – his native Iowa home.

Eldert J. Beek was one of more than 7,600 unaccounted for from the Korean War. Army Cpl. Beek was killed in action in 1950 at the age of 20 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces in North Korea. Though his body or remains were not returned to the United States, the family held a memorial service for him, yet never lost hope that he was still alive. Many decades passed.

55 boxes of human remains were returned by North Korea in 2018. Beek’s remains were among those and properly identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in 2020 using anthropology DNA and evidence. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed his remains to his home state until 2021. 70 years after his death, Beek made it home and was laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery just southwest of George.

Also, located in this town is a “Freedom Rock” which is part of Iowa’s Freedom Rock Tour. The town displays one of 99 painted military rocks displayed in the state’s counties. Painted on the rock are images of an eagle, American Flag, and men representing five branches of the military. The artist painted a lone soldier standing outside the train depot on his way to war. This soldier represents Jack Sauter, of George, Iowa who was killed in WWI. The Freedom Rock is located beside the town’s railroad depot on the north edge part of town.

Stone Group Architects (SGA) is a proud supporter of our Veterans and Military Memorials. While we are strong supporters, SGA is independent from the memorials and does not claim responsibility of building or funding these memorials. SGA is a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small business (SDVOSB) architectural firm, providing planning and design services to a variety of government clients.