Fayette County Native to be Honored in New Dubuque Vets Memorial

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A Dubuque racing group has approved a plan to spend $3.4 million on a veterans memorial for an island in the Mississippi River.

The Telegraph Herald reports that the Dubuque Racing Association board of directors on Tuesday voted for the Veterans Memorial Plaza project, which will include walkways, a waterfall and a sculpture. It will be built on Chaplain Schmitt Island, which is home to Q Casino and Hotel.

The memorial sculpture titled “Skyward” will honor Fayette County native Aloysius Schmitt, a chaplain who died aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, when the ship was attacked at Pearl Harbor and eventually capsized.

The project also will need approval from the Dubuque City Council and the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission before it can move forward.