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Restored WWI cannon to be rededicated in Iowa

July 3, 2018

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A rededication ceremony will mark the completed restoration of a World War I cannon in Sioux City.

The public ceremony will be held Wednesday at the Memorial Park Cemetery, the Sioux City Journal reported.

The U.S. War Department awarded the cannon to the Sioux City chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a national organization for veterans who were wounded in combat and received a Purple Heart award. The chapter dedicated the cannon on May 30, 1941 at the cemetery, where many veterans are buried.

Restoration efforts began in 2016 when veterans Wayne Schipper, Wayne Thieman, Curt Moodie and Kie Ahrens came together to figure out how to fix the rotting cannon.

The Plymouth County veterans raised $10,000 to refurbish the cannon, most of which came from veterans, Moodie said. It took more than two years to get all of the work done, but it was time well spent, he said.

The cannon has been repainted and its metal wheels have been replaced with new ones constructed by a South Dakota company. It’ll rest on stands placed under the axle that keep the wheels slightly off the ground so they won’t have to bear the weight of the nearly 4-ton weapon.

“The biggest deal is when we go out and promise, we’re the type of people who want to follow through when we make a promise,” Schipper said.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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