An Honorary Colonels Recognition Ceremony With Governor Chester J. Culver And Lt. Governor Patty Judge was held on Friday, January 12th, 2007 in the Wallace Auditorium in Des Moines, IA. I, representing Team ISEA, was one of sixty to be commissioned at this ceremony. What follows is the history of the Iowa Honorary Colonels:
From Iowa’s inception as a territory in 1838 to today, being commissioned an Iowa “Honorary Colonel of the Militia” is fitting appreciation to those who diligently and steadfastly serve the state of Iowa.
In the military, the rank of Colonel is the highest field rank below General Officer grades. It is one of the oldest in existence, dating as far back in time as the Roman Empire. The rank of “Honorary Colonel” recognizes individuals who selflessly offer their talents for the enrichment and greater good of Iowa and Iowans. While the commission of Honorary Colonel is strictly ceremonial, it does convey a heritage of duty, commitment, and service.
Honorary Colonels are part of an institution with a proud history of dedication and service to this great nation.
It really was an extra special event and just one of the many great opportunities I've had representing you as president of ISEA. As a part of the Inaugural activities the Honorary Colonels were a part of the "Grand March" at the Swearing In Ceremony and again at the Inaugural Ball.