Freedom Rock Honors Veterans - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Freedom Rock Honors Veterans

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Infant Left Alone In Moline Store Parking Lot-UPDATED

    Infant Left Alone In Moline Store Parking Lot-UPDATED

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:12:08 GMT
    UPDATE: A woman on a shopping trip may have saved the life of an infant left alone in a parked car Tuesday morning. The incident happened in the Dollar General store parking lot, located at 2010 36th Ave. in Moline, Ill.More >>
    UPDATE: A woman on a shopping trip may have saved the life of an infant left alone in a parked car Tuesday morning. The incident happened in the Dollar General store parking lot, located at 2010 36th Ave. in Moline, Ill.More >>
  • Man Dies From Medical Condition On RAGBRAI

    Man Dies From Medical Condition On RAGBRAI

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:09:05 GMT
    Photo of riders on day two of RAGBRAI 2014Photo of riders on day two of RAGBRAI 2014
    Officials with RAGBRAI say a cyclist has died on this year's trek across Iowa. According to the RAGBRAI website, a 63-year-old man died while riding on Monday...More >>
    Officials with RAGBRAI say a cyclist has died on this year's trek across Iowa. According to the RAGBRAI website, a 63-year-old man died while riding on Monday...
    More >>
  • RAGBRAI Blog: Day Three

    RAGBRAI Blog: Day Three

    Jul 22, 2014 03:23 PM2014-07-23 13:02:31 GMT
    Bikers are riding from Emmetsburg to Forest City 73 miles or about 100 if they choose to ride the "Karras Loop".In the high 80's and muggy again, with ...More >>
    Bikers are riding from Emmetsburg to Forest City 73 miles or about 100 if they choose to ride the "Karras Loop".In the high 80's and muggy again, with ...More >>
 LECLAIRE, IA -- Vietnam veteran Don Drach led the Scott County Freedom Rock to its final destination in LeClaire. He says, "The whole way here it was pretty hard to contain a smile so it means a whole lot."

Drach says many older veterans didn't get the welcome home they deserved when coming back from war. "It's not something I talk about a lot, but when I came home, we were boo'ed, spit at, stuff thrown at us. We were accused of killing babies."

To finally get recognition means more than anything to Drach.

Tonia Kennedy is the president of the Scott County Freedom Rock committee. She and the vice president, Barry Long have worked on this project for more than a year.

Long says, "When they placed the rock, it was just a tremendous feeling. This is going to be a great honor for all our military people of Scott County - past, present and future."

After all the work, the small city of LeClaire now houses a memorial for all 15,000 veterans in Scott County. Kennedy says help from the community made today's event possible. All the services and even the 7.5-ton, 1.5-billion-year-old boulder were generously donated.

Kennedy says, "It means that people appreciate what the veterans and others have done for us to live the way that we can live."

In time, an artist will come to LeClaire to paint a mural on the Freedom Rock, and names of veterans will be embossed on bricks surrounding it.

Brach says this is a moment he will always remember. "As a veteran, to finally get recognition, it means a lot [...] I've lived here for 20 years and this is the best thing that's ever happened."

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/FreedomRockTourScottCountyIowa

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.