The Veterans Memorial Building is managed and maintained by the Veterans Memorial Commission. The Building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and boasts numerous memorials to U.S. Veterans with a magnificent stained glass window by artist Grant Wood. Other memorials on-site include a 3 ft. replica of the Iwo Jima Memorial designed by Felix de Weldon and cast in 1960. It is dedicated to the memory of both World War Two and the Korean conflict. A Cenotaph stands proudly atop the building; an empty coffin to honor the City's war deceased. In 1926 Memorial Building architect Henry Hornbostel modeled the cenotaph Memorial after the famous monument that stands in Whitehall, London, England. The Eastern Iowa All-Veterans Memorial Museum contains around 2000 artifacts with many on display in two galleries that flank the stained glass window on the 1st floor. Local organizations that use the facility on a continuous basis for training and hosting ticketed events include the Cedar Rapids Rollergirls and the Cedar Rapids Boxing Club. Veteran not-for-profit organizations include: Community of Artists and Veterans (C.A.V.), Healing Our Heroes, the Iowa Veterans Welcome Center & Food Pantry, Linn County Veteran Charity Foundation and Midwest Military Outreach. The building, with its location on May's Island in the middle of the Cedar River, offers stunning views from its ballroom available for rental for special occassions. In addition, the upper and lower auditoriums are ideal for a wide range of events.
Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett is challenging residents to help flood-impacted businesses get back on their feet after more than a week of being closed. Residents are encouraged to visit at least 10 affected businesses in October.