In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum will host the MacKenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums for a Thursday performance from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The MacKenzie Highlanders is comprised of central Iowans and the group continues the tradition, color and pageantry of Scotland’s military pipe bands. The history of musical pipes has long been intertwined with the military, with evidence dating back 2,000 years to the use of various pipes for Roman military operations. Ireland and Scotland are credited with using variations of bagpipes during battle since the 16th century.
Established in 1985, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is the only federally-recognized repository for military artifacts in the state of Iowa. The mission of the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is twofold: to preserve Iowa’s military history and honor the military service of all Iowans.
Admission to the museum is free. For additional information, call 515-252-4531 or visit www.iowanationalguard.com.
Visitors should enter Camp Dodge through the NW 70th Ave. gate. Photo identification is required for admittance to Camp Dodge (a driver’s license is acceptable) for individuals 16 years of age and older.