by Connie Cherba
Work is currently underway to renovate and improve Dubuque’s Veterans Memorial Plaza on Chaplain Schmitt Island in the Mississippi River. The $3.2 million project will be funded entirely by the Dubuque Racing Association, the nonprofit license holder for the City’s two casinos.
The current Veterans Memorial Plaza got off the ground in late 2006 when Louis Kartman, a former U.S. Marine who survived the Korean War and the famous “Frozen Chosin” Reservoir battle, saw a need to honor local veterans and began soliciting support for a memorial from local veterans’ organizations and the general public. Kartman partnered with the City of Dubuque. Groundbreaking for a memorial to recognize veterans and twelve American conflicts from the War of Independence to Iraq and Afghanistan took place on August 15, 2007.
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