A bell that is a replica of the U.S.S. Iowa Bell will be dedicated to our veterans at a Memorial Day ceremony held at the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park at 1023 Linden Ave. in Chariton on Monday, May 27 at 2 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend and asked to bring lawn chairs for the ceremony.
The replica bell is currently on display on the second floor of the Lucas County Courthouse in Chariton. The company that cast the bell, the Verdin Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, is the same company that in 2017 cast the Iowa Veterans Bell at the Iowa State Fair.
The bell will represent the voice of our veterans, past present and future.
Rear Admiral Linnea J. Sommer-Weddington will be the dedication speaker at the ceremony. She is stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb.
The color guard for the ceremony will be the U.S. Navy Reserve Color Guard from Des Moines.
Retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief Gerald Dyer, who was born in southern Lucas County, will sound the bell to life. Chief Dyer enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March 1943 and retired after nearly 30 years of service. He currently lives on a farm in southern Iowa.
Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park Committee Chairman Earl Comstock provided the newspaper with the following background information on the original U.S.S. Iowa Bell and the battleship it was on.
Read the May 16, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.