Phase III was completed in 2018 and includes a brick path around the existing memorial
structure, using repurposed bricks from the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall, and two raised brick
beds with additional engraved memorial bricks. This Phase was completed after most of
the pictures in the gallery were taken. The overhead photo in the gallery courtesy of
Johnson County shows Phase III completed.
Phase II was completed in 2014 with the installation of an interactive kiosk at the base of
the Memorial. Each brick in the Memorial has a matching bio that can be viewed both on
the Memorial kiosk, as well as the Johnson County website. The kiosk earned the “2016
Excellence in Action Award” from the Iowa State Association of Counties and the “2017
Achievement Award” from the National Association of Counties.
Phase I, completed in 2014 and installed at the site of the old 1937 National Guard Armory.
The Memorial serves as a permanent place of honor for families, friends and community
members to visit, reflect and to remember those who bravely served our country. The
Memorial includes the Armory’s original corner stone from 1937, centered between two
Red Granite walls with the crests of each branch of the Armed Forces, reproductions of the
medallions from the Armory and interpretative panels with the Armory’s history in text and
photographs. At the base of the Memorial are brick pavers honoring veterans and showing
gratitude from supporting business and families.
The last picture in the gallery shows USWW1CC Volunteer Monument Hunter, Robert Shay,
PH3, USNR-R and Johnson County Department of Veterans Affairs Director and Memorial
project manager, Gary Boseneiler - Air Force Veteran. Gary, on short notice, very kindly
gave us a personal tour of this wonderful Memorial Monument Project.