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 All Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated on May 25, 1992. Since 1927 the display includes a tank, mobile gun, ships anchor, 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 2003 to honor veterans. Hundreds of bricks are border the sidewalk.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, THE VETERANS MEMORIAL BUILDING IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AT THIS TIME. TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO TOUR THE BUILDING AND/OR GRANT WOOD MEMORIAL WINDOW, PLEASE CALL 319-286-5038.
Veterans Memorial Building (VMB)
The VMB has and continues to be portrayed as the main image used as a backdrop of Cedar Rapids seen across the world. Since 1927, the building has been a staple of our community hosting many organizations, City Departments, local Veterans clubs, and now a popular rental venue for a plethora of events. The Building's historical roots were built deep and it is the VMC staff's honor to facilitate exhibitions open to the public that contain a variety of items donated or on loan to the VMC museum collection.
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 in 1927 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. According to 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.
VMB Main Entrance:
MAIN ENTRANCE: 2nd Avenue entrance is open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The 1st Avenue entrance is used for North Tower access only, please use the 2nd Avenue entrance.
The Veterans Memorial Building is open to the public on the following City holidays per events times from :
- Memorial Day 12:00 pm-4:00 pm OR 9:00 am-4:00 pm pending weather (Annual Memorial Day Program rainout location)
- Independence Day 8:00 am-1:00 pm
- Veterans Day 9:00 am-1:00 pm
The Veterans Memorial Building is closed to the public on the following City holidays:
- New Years Day
- President's Day
- Good Friday
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving & Friday after
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
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