Ryan, Iowa: Ryan Veterans Living Memorial

Small town honors its military veterans with a compact compendium of many wars -- a Nam Cobra attack helicopter, an Iwo Jima flag-raising monument, and even a replica field grave with a helmet balanced on a rifle stuck in the ground.
Main St., Ryan, IA
NW corner of Main St. and Franklin St.
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Simulated field grave.

Ryan Veterans Living Memorial

A Cobra helicopter is on display in a memorial park to Ryan military service personnel. Stone monuments represent many wars and bear the names of those who served or lost their lives. Beautiful flowers and plants line pathways within the memorial and reflective resting benches bid all to sit and remember that Freedom is not free.

[Stephan Parsons, 10/09/2013]

This is a very small town featuring an ambitious tribute to its veterans. We'd never seen the helmet-on-rifle battle grave simulated in a memorial before...

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