Two weeks shy of Veterans Day, people gathered at the Anamosa Apostolic Assembly just south of Anamosa to honor those who had served.
Clovis Young was honored with a Quilt of Valor at the event. Young enlisted in the Army in 1946 and served in Germany for three years. He was later stationed in Korea for a year. During his time in the service, he earned the Korean Service Medal, two Bronze Stars, a Bronze Star with B, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the National Defense Service Medal.
Young earned one of his Bronze Stars for his actions in treating wounded patrol members when they were put under attack by artillery and mortar fire and scouted a route to safely evacuate his group.
After receiving his quilt, he spoke briefly to the crowd.
“I just wanted to say thank you,” he said.
Young was accompanied at the event by a tableful of his family members to watch him receive his quilt.
In addition to the Quilt of Valor Ceremony, the dinner featured a number of speakers.
Rep. Andy McKean said when he’s at the state capital building, one of his favorite places to visit is the memorial to those that have died in combat in the Middle East. He said he was honored to receive an invitation to speak at the event where people who loved their country could come together regardless of political affiliation.
“I wish there were more times like this,” he said.
McKean also presented a gift to Clayton George, the book, “A Time to Honor,” on the Vietnam war, dedicating it to the veterans of the church.
Gov. Kim Reynolds was invited but could not attend. The governor did send a letter thanking the veterans in the audience for their attendance and the church for putting on the program to honor them.
Retired Maj. Sgt. Jason Schoenbeck talked about his experience being active duty on 9/11 as a mobile radar survey for the Air Force.
“Growing up, my parents or adults would always tell you, ‘I know where I was when I heard JFK was shot,’” he said. “For my generation, I feel like 9/11 is very similar to that.”
In later duties with the Iowa Air National Guard, he would later receive cybersecurity training. His experience in the military prepared him for his current job at Collins Aerospace.
Reverend George spoke about his experiences growing up in the Vietnam War Era, including his desire to enlist and go to Vietnam, only to later find out that the day he enlisted was the day that Saigon fell.
Veteran Spencer Nowadzky said he’s felt God’s presence multiple times throughout both his time in the military and his current work in law enforcement saying, “He’s kept His hand on me multiple times.” He spoke about his time he miraculously survived a crash on a slick road as the car spun to a position that saved his life.
Jones County Veterans Affairs Administrator Susan Yario spoke about her position and encouraged anyone that may need their services to stop by the offices at Broadway Place in Anamosa.