Veterans Memorial Commission
The VMC is responsible for the management, development, operations and maintenance of the Veterans Memorial Building, Veterans Memorial Stadium (home to the Cedar Rapids Kernels), and the All Veterans Memorial Park. Please call 319-286-5038 for more information.
All Veterans Memorial Park (AVM)
AVM Park is located on Veterans Memorial Drive SW, next to the Veterans Memorial Stadium-home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The Memorial includes a WWII era "Bulldog" tank, a Scorpion mobile gun, and ship board anchor from 1942. Memorial benches and several granite monuments to conflicts Eastern Iowan have served in as well as a victory wall that proudly displays the U.S. Military service emblems in granite. A brick program began in 2002 to honor veterans. Since then, thousands of engraved bricks border the sidewalk.
Veterans Memorial Building (VMB)
Seen across the world, the VMB is portrayed as a symbol of Cedar Rapids. Since 1927, the building has been a special place for our community, hosting many City Departments, local Veterans clubs, and is now a popular rental venue for a plethora of events. Because of this, the Building's historical roots ran deep. It is the VMC staff's honor to facilitate exhibitions that are free and open to the public, and provide historical tours upon appointment.
Veterans Memorial Building
Looking for a rental venue?
We have a variety of spaces in the VMB to rent for your next big, or small event. We offer competitive rates, stunning historical spaces, and many other additional benefits. Our dedicated staff is ready to schedule a tour and discuss details specific to your event.
Grant Wood Memorial Window
The Memorial Window was designed between 1927 and 1928 by the then relatively unknown artist Grant Wood. The Window stands 24’ high and 20’ wide and is made up of about 10,000 pieces of stained glass fitted together with lead, forming a stunning work of art. Quoted from a Cedar Rapids Gazette article from 1928 by reporter Naomi Doebel, "Mrs. Nan Wood Graham, sister of the artist, modeled for the heroic central figure, a woman standing sixteen feet tall and wearing a Grecian robe. The figure, with toes pointed down, floats in the clouds giving the spiritual effect found in many of the Renaissance paintings. Draped over the woman’s head is a mourning veil of blue. In her right hand she holds the palm branch of peace, and in her left the laurel wreath of victory.” The window is open for public viewing: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or by special appointment. The Memorial Window is one of the top things to do in Cedar Rapids and should not be missed!
VMB Main Entrance:
2nd Avenue entrance is open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1st Avenue entrance accesses the Veterans Memorial Commission office and the Ballroom.
The Veterans Memorial Building is open to the public on the following City holidays per events times from :
- Memorial Day 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
(Annual Memorial Day Program rainout location)
- Independence Day 8:00 am-2:00 pm
- Veterans Day 9:00 am-2:00 pm
The Veterans Memorial Building is closed to the public on the following City holidays:
- New Years Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Good Friday
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving & Friday after
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
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