These sites provide a lot of information; current and history.
I would hope local veterans organizations were part of the planning of the cemetery.
I would hope this cemetery received lots of publicity on Veterans Day.
I am surprised the money for the sign and other expenses not covered by the Fed were not raised in advance.
The Fed's only pay only for the building of the cemetery in accordance with their Fed Cemetery criteria. The state is responsible for the extras they want to add such as fancy signage, museum, additional shelters, landscaping, etc, are things not included in the federal cemetery plan.
I would expect the State VFW, and the District which the Cemetery is located, the VFW Posts, and all the veterans groups within 100 miles of the cemetery are knowledgeable of this State Cemetery.
If publicity of the need for additional funds is not getting out, those in Iowa need to complain to the newspapers, radios, and the organizations [VFW, Legion, Legion Riders, Marine Corp League, DAV, TREA, PBOE, Lions, Rotary, Moose, etc] that they are members of and begin some fund raising.
If local cities and counties who are receiving financial benefit of the cemetery [patronage of hotels, gas station, restaurants, new jobs, etc] are not helping in fund raising and the word is not getting out, then liberal complacency is winning over.
In CA we are in the planning phase of our 2nd State Veteran's Cemetery. We have many committees and politicians participating in its planning.www.vfwwebcom.org/forum/index.php/topic,256.0.html