Loved ones and friends of Dennis Chaney, Steven Benscoter, Dale Aspedon and Jay Bock were among about 100 people in attendance at the Glenwood Cemetery Saturday morning for the dedication of a Veterans’ Memorial Plaza built in honor of the four motorcyclists who died in August 2010 after being struck by a drunk driver while riding together in an Interstate 29 construction zone near Little Sioux.
The memorial plaza includes a monument “Dedicated to All Mills County Veterans, Past, Present and Future” and a display of flags recognizing America’s five branches of the armed services, prisoners of war and service personnel missing in action.
The plaza was built with memorial dollars contributed in honor of Chaney, Benscoter, Aspedon and Bock, all members of the Western Iowa American Legion Riders. The four are recognized on the top and back of the monument.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since fate dealt us that fatal blow,” Mills County veteran and dedication speaker Keith Callaway said. “The event which brought us together in deep sorrow now brings us together in honor and pride. We honor their memory and take pride in how each one touched our lives.”
Four years in the making, Callaway said the monument is a fitting tribute to the four men.
“We knew they didn’t want this monument and ceremony to be just about them,” he said. “It was decided the best way to honor their memory would be to honor the passion that they had for all veterans, including community service and helping others.”
The ceremony was emotional for many of the “Fallen Four” family members in attendance. Many expressed their appreciation after the ceremony and took photos of the monument.
“I think they did a wonderful job and the guys would be very proud of it,” Dennis Chaney’s wife Juanita said. “They’re gone, but not forgotten.”
Steven Benscoter’s mother, Lois, also voiced her appreciation.
“It’s a very nice memorial,” she said.
Following the dedication ceremony, the Western Iowa American Legion Riders coordinated a memorial ride from the cemetery to Loess Hills Harley Davidson in honor of their fallen friends.