Soldiers monument returns to Kalona

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The final phases of the restoration of the unknown soldiers monument at Sharon Hill Cemetery are underway.

On Monday morning, crews from Berg Lawn Care and Strabala Grounds Management began laying the paver bricks for the monument.

On Tuesday morning, a crane was on site to set the monument. The monument had been sent to Dubuque for refurbishing.

“Our goal is to have everything looking good for Memorial Day,” City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh said.

The north side of the display will have a built-in bench with a flag pole.

The south side has the new granite base and repurposed original granite columns.

“The only items that will wait for a later date are the columns and cannonballs,” Schlabaugh said. “We want to see the space before placing that order.”

The cannonballs are being redone by MaxCast in Kalona.

Schlabaugh said that the total cost of the restoration is about $21,000.

The money for the project comes from a mixture of cemetery funds, local option sales tax revenue and Washington County Riverboat Foundation money.

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