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The Wall That Heals arrives in Tama County

Local servicemen Dahms, Hass part of Memorial

The Wall That Heals accompanied by more than 100 escort vehicles enters the town of Montour this past Tuesday by way of the Lincoln Highway on its way to Meskwaki Settlement School. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
The side panel of the 53-foot trailer that transports The Wall That Heals – a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial – pictured on Tuesday, August 2, as it passes through Montour on its way to Meskwaki Settlement School. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
A young boy carrying a small American flag pauses with his bike on August 2 near the Lincoln Highway in Montour ahead of The Wall That Heals arriving to town on its escort route through Tama County. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Escort vehicles numbering more than 100 follow close behind the 53-foot trailer carrying The Wall That Heals in the town of Montour on Tuesday, August 2. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Montour residents including members of the Montour Fire Department wave as The Wall That Heals accompanied by more than 100 escort vehicles makes its way through town along the Lincoln Highway on Tuesday, August 2. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
PHOTO BY RUBY F. BODEKER
PHOTO BY RUBY F. BODEKER
PHOTO BY RUBY F. BODEKER
PHOTO BY RUBY F. BODEKER

A little after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, The Wall That Heals – accompanied by more than 100 escort vehicles – made its way across the Tama County lines just outside Le Grand, passing through Montour on its way to Meskwaki Settlement School in Tama.

As the mobile exhibit moved through the rolling topography of the Tama County countryside on a 53-foot trailer, passing poppling soybean fields and rural acreages, residents of the local communities on the route, including in Montour, gathered along Lincoln Highway to wave and pay witness.

The Wall and the Mobile Education Center will be open 24/7 for viewing on the grounds of the Meskwaki Settlement School’s baseball facility from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7 – closing at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. The school is located at 1610 305th Street, Tama. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

In addition to honoring the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War, The Wall bears the names of 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during the war including Larry Albert Dahms of Garwin (honored on Panel/Line 6W/66 of The Wall) and Stephen Craig Hass of Gladbrook (honored on Panel/Line 22E/30 of The Wall).

Both servicemen’s biographies can be found on the virtual The Wall of Faces.

Dahms’ virtual entry can be viewed here.

Hass’ virtual entry can be viewed here

Several ceremonies and events have been scheduled to coincide with The Wall’s visit to Tama County including the following: History of Meskwaki Service Members on Friday, August 5, at 8:00 p.m.; Post Colors by Tama American Legion on Saturday, August 6, at 8:00 a.m.; Post Colors by Belle Plaine American Legion on Sunday, August 7, at 8:00 am. The Closing Ceremony is set for Sunday, August 7, at 1:30 p.m.