Vietnam War Monument
The Iowa Vietnam War Monument is similar in design to the national memorial in Washington, D.C. The Iowa Vietnam Commission and Jacqueline Day from Des Moines, who has a son that was seriously wounded in Vietnam, were able to raise over $85,000 for the project. Day was a former secretary to Governor Norman Erbe and former receptionist for Governor Robert Ray.
The monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1984. At a separate ceremony on Veterans’ Day, November 11, 1984, bronze plaques and missing names were added.