Welcome to Madrid, Iowa
Community Pride - - a Sign of Progress!
information came from the sign posted by the Madrid Iowa
Madrid received a flag from the Scott Smyth family that was flown in Afghanistan
Madrid salutes departing soldiers Students, teachers, and community members were out in force April 14, 2010 to say goodbye and good luck to their friends leaving Madrid to serve our country. Three community members were aboard Blackhawk Helicopters as they flew over to say goodbye. The soldiers sent word back to community members saying how they could see all the people--from the school children to all the townspeople--standing outside and waving. They wanted to send a "thank you" to us, but we want to say "thank you" to them.
It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .
It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the trade center steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up." "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."
The ship's motto? "Never Forget"
Boone County Freedom Flight
The Patriotic rock, located at the Schildberg Construction - Jefferson Quarry and painted by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen. The rock was a local graffiti rock for twenty years for the surrounding schools. Out of respect, the local students have not defaced the painting in the past eight years since Bubba has been painting his tribute.
"I love my country, and I do it out of respect for the veterans." Quoted Ray "Bubba" Sorensen.Bubba draws a sketch of his idea on paper and then draws the design by free hand onto the rock. This takes him anywhere from one to three weeks to paint and he has been doing it for five consecutive years. Bubba is interested in military history and gets his ideas from books, movies, previous artwork and images by other artists. The rock is located on Highway 25, just 1 mile south of Interstate-80 near Greenfield, exit 86.
If traveling from Greenfield at junction 25 & 92, take Hwy 25 north 12 miles.
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