Ames Patriotic Council

We, the citizens of Ames, Iowa, have organized ourselves together for the purpose of creating within the community a greater love of country, promoting true patriotism by patriotic activities on major holidays and in other ways suitable for the occasion.


SATURDAY, NOV. 11, 2023

11 a.m.

Ames City Hall Auditorium

The Ames Patriotic Council's Veterans Day program will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at City Auditorium, 520 Sixth St. The program will also be archived and streamed live at:

Lt. Colonel Donald Kom, Air Force (retired), will be the featured speaker. Kom serves as the Ames Electric Services Department Director. Kom received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota while also participating in Reserve Officers Training Corp. (ROTC). At graduation, he was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant. Kom spent his entire military career assigned to the 934th Airlift Wing in Minneapolis. Some notable assignments include being deployed to Honduras to build one-room clinics and schools for poor communities, repairing buildings in Panama, and constructing a secondary landing strip for a space shuttle in Spain. Kom retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2016 after serving 28 years.

Lt. Col. Donald Kom

Ames Patriotic Council President and City Councilmember Tim Gartin will introduce the Veterans Day program. Mayor John Haila will offer the welcome from the City of Ames. Jay Sisco will give the welcome from American Legion Post No. 37. The colors will be presented by the ISU ROTC. The program will include musical performances by singer Jim DeHoet and the Heart of Iowa Senior Band, led by Don DoBell with a special appearance by the Ames High School Concert Chorale. All veterans from all services and all periods will be honored.



Ames Patriotic Council Membership

 May 2020-May 2021 Deceased Veterans

May 2021-May 2022 Deceased Veterans

May 2022-May 2023 Deceased Veterans


PACT Act Veterans Benefits

Veterans suffering from various cancers or other ailments caused by toxic emissions from burn pits or other toxic substances may be eligible for additional compensation through the PACT Act. For more information, click here.





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