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|German Founders Day Celebration|
|News Releases - Local Events|
|Written by Kelly Lao|
|Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:53|
Quad Cities citizens and especially those with German ancestry are invited to participate in two Memorial Day events this weekend. There will be a Founders' Day Celebration at the Dixon, Iowa Cemetery beginning at 10:00 a.m. The occasion seeks to honor and remember the contributions of German immigrants to the region. The venue changes annually so that many final resting places receive recognition. The celebration will include musical selections, a history of the cemetery, and a brief address. Dixon mayor Steve Laughlin will
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There will also be a recognition wreath in place along northbound Gaines Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets in remembrance of the 1848-50 "Kampfgenossen" or German war veterans from Schleswig-Holstein who first fought against Danish control of that region. Although unsuccessful, many leaders of that group immigrated to Scott and Rock Island counties where they became leading citizens of their day and contributed immeasurably to the development of their new communities. A large commemorative stone was re-erected in 2008 to mark their achievements.
The wreath is sponsored by the German Roundtable
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