Hundreds gathered Wednesday to formally dedicate a new memorial on the Statehouse grounds.
The Iowa Holocaust Memorial sits near the corner of East Grand and East 7th Street. It honors those who died, survivors who came to Iowa to make new lives and the armed forces that helped liberate the concentration camps.
After posing for photos near the memorial, attendees took part in a program inside the historical building. During which holocaust survivors and their family members were recognized.
“Through commemorations like this we send a strong message so we will never forget. It is my deepest hope that we as a civilized nation will never allow these atrocities to happen again,” Major General Timothy Orr addressed to the audience.
The memorial is a gift of the Jacqueline and Myron Blank Fund.