Deceased Army Ammunition Plant Workers Remembered
They may not have served on the battle fields, but they still gave their lives for our country.
68 Iowa Army Ammunition Plant workers were recognized at today’s Memorial Ceremony in Middletown, IA. The event took place in front of the Eagle Park Memorial, where all 68 names are engraved. As this Memorial weekend approaches, Commander of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Lt.Col. Mike Bruens reminds everyone what Memorial Day is about…
“And I’ll tell you, Memorial Day is really all about freedom and liberty. It’s about sacrifice for that freedom and liberty. And we all know freedom and liberty are not free. They are paid for each and every day”.
From the first explosion in 1941, to the more recent deaths in 2009, all are engraved in the stone of the Eagle Park Memorial. This was the second year there’s been this kind of memorial service, and the first year that all 68 names have been read aloud by current Iowa Army Ammunition Plant workers. According to Lt. Col. Bruens, the turn out this year was double what it was last year.