We must never forget!
September 11, 2001


US flag raised at Ground Zero



Remembering Iwo Jima February 23, 1945

Remembering Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 - view that Clarence Pfundheller saw

The Japanese Mini Sub HA-19 that was captured December 8, 1941, at Pearl Harbor.
It was brought to the Mainland and put on tour across the country to help sell War Bonds.
On October 1, 1943, it sat on Main Street in front of what is now Cliff's Place. Mildred Horbach took this and several other pictures of the sub when it was on Main Street - as far as I know these scans are the only images that exist.
Fortunately, Mil let me scan many of her pictures years ago or I would not be able to show you this very prominent and historical event that occurred in Manning.
I have shown this picture on many occasions over the years and want to impress upon Manning connected people how important it is to digitally preserve our history.
Even small towns like Manning have very unique events occur.



Ron McKay was inspired to draw this painting shortly after September 11, 2001.

Corporal Ronald McKay USMC 1986

September, 11 2001
Fallen Heroes

Only the good Lord knows why
he called you all home on that dreadful day.
His works are strange and mysterious;
He wanted it this way

Perhaps he didn't want to take you alone.
But, rather with your friends,
who were also in the danger zone.

Yes, he took you in his hands
the moment you got off the ladder
He couldn't stand to see you be any sadder.

As Lady Liberty provided the light to get you through
the smoke and the haze, tears ran down her cheek
as up to heaven she did gaze

With the World Trade Center still burning and
crumbling from this terrible deed,
The grass in the distance was a beautiful green without a single weed.

September 11th, 2001 is a date we will never forget.

To all those who arrived to help-
We say Thanks
your heroism may never again be met.

Poem written by Dan Rosonke - inspired by Ron McKay's painting.


Dan Rosonke - 2004 (16 year member of the MFD)


E-mails from people who had visited Manning in the past, from other countries.
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 6:36 AM
It is just to bring to you my deepest condolences for the inacceptable terrorist act against not only the american people but against the international community and peace.
Marcus Paes, Brazil - 1975 AFS student

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2001 12:11 PM
Hi Dave,
Thanks for all the news. I meant to answer yesterday, but then the terrible attacks on your country occurred and I was watching CNN and other news services until late at night. What a horrific sight to watch unfolding live on the TV screens. We really sympathise with your nation.
Heinz Kusel and family - South Africa

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 3:44 PM
hello david,
We sit here at the TVset and we canīt believe what we see.
We here feeling with u and all other americans. We are full of mourning and furious about the cowardly terroism against the USA. Our sympathy for the families involved in the attack. The flags blow on at half-mast in the wind in all of Germany.
many greets from Germany to all people in manning and you david
your german brothers
Stefan Krause - one of the thatchers from Germany who worked on the Hausbarn reconstruction in 1999.

Click to see a pictorial tribute from September 12, 2001



September 11, 2014


The 911 Mobile Unit from New York came to Manning June 27, 2017


WWII Veteran Gene Case stands while the National Anthem was played...
Even though he was mostly limited to the wheel chair.

Eugene Case
Survived Balete Pass and Wolfhound Ridge - 39 men in the platoon went up, 13 returned including Gene.
Gene received the Purple Heart, 2 Bronze Stars and more

9 - 11

The date itself reminds us
Of the number that you call
So Firemen, First Responders,
And Police can help us all

They'd humbly say "Doing our jobs
Don't think of us as heroes"
But too many lost their lives
Bravely at Ground Zero

Seeing this memorial
Your mind can't help but go back
Where you were and what you thought
On the day of the attack

Why did it have to happen?
What enemy would dare?
Our hearts felt sorrow for all
Especially the Iowans there

Much like Pearl Harbor's date
9 - 11 we'll never forget
And proudly back America
Against any and all threats

5 - 12 - 2017
Craig Moeller

Spitter's poem - audio

Craig "Spitter" Moeller delivered his poem during the 911 Mobile Unit program.


Yes, this is a real license plate in Merlin Irlbeck's collection.


After receiving permission from the school board, one of the IKM-Manning senior football players who had joined the military showed his support and respect for the flag as the team ran onto the field, while SOME other football players were kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem at other football games...which sadly has continued on into this year's football season.


October 6, 2017

Buzz Aldrin saluting the US flag on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility, landing site of Apollo 11, June 1969.
Photograph by Neil Armstrong.

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