Holidays and Special Events at the Iowa Veterans Home
Each Spring residents are given the opportunity to display their leather craft, ceramics, needlework, painting, drawing, and woodworking projects at the IVH Arts Festival. This event is sponsored by the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary. All residents receive a Certificate of Participation, and cash prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in each category. Residents take great pride in using their creative talents and look forward to this annual event.
Memorial Day Celebration and Veterans Day
The Iowa Veterans Home celebrates these two holidays with a special program held in the Malloy Building. Special music, guest speakers and dignitaries are a part of each ceremony. The residents, families, staff and community residents are welcome to attend. On Memorial Day, a procession to the IVH Cemetery culminates in the placing of a memorial wreath to honor all veterans.
4th of July
The 4th of July is always filled with activity and anticipation of the community fireworks display in the evening. The picnic in the courtyard is served by volunteers/staff and sponsored by the Resident Council. Special entertainment during the afternoon is likely to include music. Transportation to a special viewing location is arranged by Recreation Therapies so the residents can participate in the Marshalltown Community.
Video from the 2009 Music Festival
The annual "IVH Don Laughlin Music Festival" is held every fall and involves numerous residents singing and performing. Many of the residents are very talented and enjoy sharing some of the songs they've learned or written throughout the year.
IVH Appreciation Week
Spring is the season of "renewal" and it is very fitting that the early spring is the time to celebrate the efforts and contributions of all the dedicated staff, support the Community Food Box, and provide opportunity to interact with the local elementary school children.
In May, IVH designates activities to be enjoyed by everyone and to include community participation. The week is full of special events that include: antique farm equipment show/parade, barnyard animals, Food Box Drive, raffles for prizes, bake sale, pie auction, barbeque, mini Olympics, patriotic bingo, and more.
Halloween is celebrated with a party on each unit and a dance in the Atha Dining Room.
Christmas for residents at the Iowa Veterans Home begins early in December with the annual Christmas Visit Day. Family and friends of residents respond to the invitations from their loved ones and come to enjoy church services, special music/entertainment, movies/popcorn, holiday cookies/refreshments, Santa's Photo Shop, visiting the Gift Shop and touring throughout the facility. In addition to the Christmas Visit Day, the residents enjoy the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping at the American Legion Auxiliary Gift Shop where a limited number of gifts can be selected (at no cost to the resident), packaged and shipped, compliments of the Auxiliary. The Marshalltown Community Merchants have initiated the "Adopt-a-Vet" program which provides families in the community an opportunity to adopt a veteran and buy them a Christmas gift, all in the spirit of the season. The IVH Volunteer Services Program receives sufficient funding, from a variety of civic and veteran organizations, to purchase a gift and celebrate the Christmas season with every resident of the Iowa Veterans Home.