At the eastern edge of Triangle Park in Rush City is a plaque that reads, “In memory of all men and women who served in the armed forces.”
Behind that plaque, for years, stood a 75 mm howitzer. Grothe Jacobson VFW Post 6692 donated the howitzer, which was dedicated May 30, 1965.
Over the course of nearly 50 years, the elements corroded the cannon, and it lost its luster.
But thanks to a donation, the howitzer is back to looking like it probably did when it was manufactured in the 1930s or ‘40s.
Chuck Swanson and Harley Johnson, of Post 6692, stood in the park Thursday, marveling at the cannon’s newly refinished exterior and olive drab paint job.
Swanson remarked that the color is the tone commonly used on military equipment.
He said Loren Jennings and others at East Central Sanitation are to thank for sandblasting and refinishing the old war relic.
“He approached me one day and said, ‘That howitzer is looking pretty tacky,”’ Swanson said. “‘What do you think if we take it out to East Central and fix it up?’”
Swanson and the other members of Post 6692 were more than affable to that idea; it took East Central Sanitation four days to refinish the howitzer.
“Just in time for Memorial Day,” Swanson remarked.
Added Johnson, “It looks good.”