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A Dream Realized

The Colors Fly


September 27, 2018

The flags fly for the first time in front of the General N.B. Baker Library in Sutherland.

On Saturday, September 29th, 2018 in conjunction with the 200th birthday of General N.B. Baker the dream of the late Dan Wetherell was realized as the flags of the United States and Iowa were hoisted for the first time to the top of the flagpole that now graces the front of the General N.B. Baker Library in Sutherland. The flags were sent aloft by CW3 Jon W. Fischer, SSG Jonathan Kiel and SFC Jevon Klyn (Retired). The colors that were placed on the flagpole were presented to them by members of American Legion Post #208 of Sutherland. A stone donated by members of the National Guard rests on a platform between two of the planters in front of the flagpole. On its face it is simply engraved with these few words, "In Memory of Dan Wetherell".

A short luncheon was served for the celebration of the 200th Birthday of General N.B. Baker in the conference rooms of the Library.

The flagpole, bench and flower planters that make up the rest of the memorial to Dan who was the Librarian of General N.B. Baker Library were the fulfillment of his dream for a spot on the Library grounds that would honor our country and its veterans of all wars. After his passing many donations were received and volunteers stepped up to see that his dream became reality and this memorial was the culmination of those efforts.


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