Lester Memorial Park
Lester, IA

As we continue our support for our Veterans, we are continually amazed at the memorials that are all over the country to honor our military men and women. The Lester, Iowa memorial is one of those who honors all deceased and living Veterans. With only a population of under 300, Lester, located in the northwest part of the state, is home to a Veteran’s memorial with a bronze statue, pedestal and gold star.

While it’s common to see the statue of the combined military boots, rifle, helmet and ID tags, do you know what they represent? Combat boots represent the final march and the final battle. The rifle with bayonet pointed toward the sky signals a soldier’s time for prayer and a break from the war to pay tribute to the fallen. Lastly, the helmet and ID tags represent the identity of the fallen soldier.

The Gold star located in the base of the memorial honors the “Gold Star Mothers” – mothers who have lost a child in action. One such Gold Star Mother from this area is Mrs. John Douwman, who’s son was killed in Germany during WWII while serving in the Army. The pedestal honors five branches of service with a soldier’s prayer.

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.