Dallas County Veterans Memorial Wall to be added near Liberty Rock in Minburn

There will soon be another way to recognize veterans near the Dallas County Freedom Rock in Minburn.

Paul Snyder, chairman of the Freedom Park Committee, said they plan to add a Dallas County Veterans Memorial Wall. The wall will feature bricks engraved with the names of past and present veterans who live or have lived in Dallas County.

“The main deal was just to try to honor Dallas County veterans,” Snyder said.

The Dallas County Freedom Rock was installed in 2019 south of The Nineteen14 along Route 169 in Minburn. The rock, painted by Ray “Bubba” Sorensen, depicts the five Wilson brothers on one side and Nile Kinnick of Adel and Bob Feller of Van Meter on the other.

The Minburn American Legion Post 99 also installed a flagpole, added sidewalks, landscaping, lights, and a storyboard.

The Freedom Park Committee was later split from the Freedom Rock Committee. Snyder said the Freedom Park Committee has been working to spruce up the park for the past year. Trees were planted, and Snyder said the committee then began looking for another way to honor Dallas County veterans. The committee decided to install a three-foot memorial wall with the names of past and present veterans.

Engraved bricks will be sold for $100. While many bricks will likely be purchased by family members, Snyder said there’s also an option for those who don’t have family in the military.

“They can say ‘I’d like to buy a brick for someone from Van Meter, someone from Perry or the next Navy veteran,’ we’ll do some research and try to find someone who deserves it,” a Snyder said. “As we have the information, we will recontact the person who made the donation and let them know the brick they are buying.”

The Freedom Park Committee is currently working to sell the bricks. Snyder said they hope to know how many bricks they have by this winter to determine how many walls they will install. Construction would then begin in the spring. Any remaining proceeds from the sale of the bricks will be used for the upkeep of Liberty Rock Park.

Brick order forms can be picked up at Minburn City Hall or downloaded and mailed to Minburn American Legion Post #99 – Wall Fund PO Box 173 Minburn, IA 50167. Those interested in learning more about the project can also call Snyder at 515-422-4820.

“We’re hoping to get a big representation from veterans,” Snyder said. “We want people to realize it’s not just Minburn or Perry, it’s for the county. We want all veterans in the county to deserve recognition and this is an opportunity to get their names known and remembered.

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