Thirty-nine Iowans lost their lives in the past year while at work.
White crosses honored each of the dead. Bagpipes played and an honor guard fired a 21-gun salute. The president of the Iowa Federation of Labor – Ken Sagar – addressed family members of the workers.
“I do remember what it’s like to sit in one of those chairs,” he recalls. “My wife’s brother passed a few years ago on the job.”