Veterans, community leaders dedicate Depot flag pole
November 12, 2013
Carroll VFW members Larry Boyce (left) and Vince Irlbeck (right) raise a 10-by-6-foot. American flag on
a new pole located outside the historic Carroll Depot. The pole was dedicated at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 as part
of a Veterans Day program.
Community leaders and veterans gathered Monday at the Carroll Depot to dedicate a new flag pole.
The event was held in conjunction with Veterans Day. It started at 11 a.m. - in recognition of Veterans Day. The armistice ending World War I took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
Larry Boyce and Vince Irlbeck hoisted a new 10-by-6-foot American flag. The Carroll American Legion Honor Guard provided a 21-gun salute. Members of the honor guard were: Lynn Vogl; Gary Bowman, who presented the colors; Gary Stark; Jim Tierney; Jack Staley; John Daniel; James Eich; Lloyd Drees; and Leon Tigges, who manned the rifles, with Bob Tigges leading.
Jacki Montgomery played taps.
Barry Bruner, a longtime supporter of the depot and its restoration into the Chamber of Commerce offices, said veterans were early and strong advocates for the project.
Bruner said many veterans recalled leaving for military service from the depot - and the Great Western depot to the east.
"They talk about their families coming with them, the families waving," Bruner said.
He added, "I think it's very significant in a time that we're going to thank our veterans, that we're in a building that was a big part of their lives."
Mayor Adam Schweers said the community has a number of fitting tributes to veterans, including Veterans Memorial Park and the new mural at the Veterans Affairs Clinic at St. Anthony Regional Hospital. The new flag and pole add to this, he said.
Schweers said veterans in Carroll served with distinction while in the military - and continue to volunteer in key ways with a number of organizations.
"It's great for us as a community, and we are so thankful to have you here," Schweers said.
Wayne Zimny, a Depot Committee and American Legion member, said the next addition to the depot will be a mural depicting passengers getting on trains, and saying "good-bye" to loved ones.
"That's the next thing I'm going to be working on," Zimny said.
He thanked Don Granstra, Don Bernholtz and the late Mike Bruning for their work in obtaining financing for the flag pole. Those three men played crucial roles in the development of the monument and other features at Veterans Memorial Park.
Badding Construction installed the pole. Cody Irlbeck donated the granite on the base of the pole. Larry Boyce did the engraving on the monument. The Chamber provided strong support as well, Zimny said.
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