Armory and Veterans Memorial
The Armory and Veterans Memorial, installed in 2013 at the site of the old Armory (925 S Dubuque St, Iowa City), serves as a permanent place of honor for families, friends and community members to visit and reflect, and to remember those who bravely served our country. The memorial includes the Armory’s original cornerstone from 1937, crests of each military branch, reproductions of the medallions from the Armory, and interpretative panels with the Armory’s history in text and photographs. At the base of the memorial are brick pavers honoring veterans and showing gratitude from supporting businesses and families.
An interactive kiosk was added in 2014. All honored veterans in the memorial have a matching bio that can be viewed both on the memorial kiosk, as well as the Johnson County website.
The kiosk earned the '2016 Excellence in Action Award' from the Iowa State Association of Counties and the '2017 Achievement Award' from the National Association of Counties.
In 2018 a brick path was added around the original memorial structure, using repurposed bricks from the Iowa City Ped Mall, and two raised brick beds with additional engraved memorial bricks.
A black polished granite memorial sitting on a concrete base was installed in 2021.
2021 Memorial Day Ceremony highlights
2021 Memorial Day Ceremony
Memorial 2018 Rededication/2020 Expansion
Armory Demolition Video
Phase I Memorial Construction Video
Phase I Memorial Dedication Video
Johnson County Armory and Veterans Memorial History Video
Video Interview with General Sentman