CHURDAN - A dedication and donor recognition ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Freedom Park.
What was once an empty lot along Iowa Highway 4 in Churdan has become a memorial to those who died in service during two World Wars and honors those who have since and are now serving their country.
The Edward English Post 198 of the American Legion in Churdan began the project; the community helped complete it.
A Greene County Community Foundation grant was awarded with the funding used for landscaping. Three trees were donated in honor of a father and husband who had been sergeant of arms at the Edward English Post for years. The County Conservation officer planted the trees and additional shrubbery.
Paton-Churdan School students volunteered on three occasions to lay the matting and move 28 tons of river rock. A local welding firm and farmers contributed machinery and skills to set the statues and get the work completed.
Freedom Park recognizes all those who have worn the uniform of the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, National Guard and Air National Guard.
Participants Sunday should bring their own lawn chairs for seating. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be postponed and rescheduled in the spring.