As we continue our support for our Veterans, we are continually amazed at the memorials in cities large and small that honor our military men and women. The Lester, Iowa Memorial is one of those smalltown memorials that honor all deceased and living Veterans. With a population of less than 300, this memorial hosts a bronze statue, pedestal and gold star.

The pedestal honors the five branches of service along with a soldier’s prayer. 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, whos’ son was killed in Germany during WWII while serving in the Army.

On site is the familiar statue boots, gun and tags. The military boots represent the final march and 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.

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.