Wisconsin Veterans Memorials

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I have been deeply moved by the patriotism of the Wisconsinites, and strive with my photographs to honor those who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today and too often take for granted. If I have missed a veterans memorial in your community, please let me know so we can work together to have it added to the website.


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"Just A Common Soldier", also known as "A Soldier Died Today", is one of the most popular poems on the Internet. Written and published in 1987 by Canadian veteran and columnist A. Lawrence Vaincourt, it now appears in numerous anthologies, on thousands of websites and on July 4, 2008 it was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York. This year marks the poem’s 25th anniversary.

Please enjoy this tribute to the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen who have given so much for our country.
Veterans Memorials Online Resources

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in Wisconsin (PDF booklet)

Wisconsin's Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers

War Memorials of Wisconsin

[Wisconsin] Women Remember the War, 1941-1945
To help mark March as Women's History Month 2015, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces the re-release of Women Remember the War, 1941-1945, a collection of interviews with Wisconsin women who took part in World War II history - at war, on the job and at home. First published in 1993 as part of the Society's "Voices of Wisconsin's Past" series, the book brings to life the recollections and experiences of women like Kaminski who shouldered many and sometimes conflicting roles during World War II.

3 comments:

Enhancing Educational Excellence! said...

I'm looking for the Columbus Community Veterans' Memorial in Columbus, WI. My father, Willard J. Weiss has developed this memorial into a beautiful site. Why isn't it listed here?

Melinda Roberts said...

It's so rare, Shelley Joan Weiss, for me to receive such a rude comment like yours. Perhaps you should take the time to look around my website and become familiar with my website, before assuming the absence of your father's memorial on my website is an affront.

David Giffey said...

Brief History of the Dove Mound at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park
By David Giffey
Vietnam Veteran, Artist, Dove Mound designer

I’m a U.S. Army veteran of the war in Vietnam, a lifelong artist, and a Wisconsin native. In 1985, after visiting the future site of the Highground, I designed the Mourning Dove Effigy Mound for the park founded by the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project. Howard Sherpe (1944-2016), Vietnam War veteran, was chair of the project design committee and one of Highground founders and board members.
As a visual artist, most of my work involved painting murals. I didn’t have a clear idea as I drove to the park site in 1985 after reading about a design competition inviting veteran artists to propose elements for the future park. As I drove onto the field, which would be developed as the Highground, a mourning dove flew past my windshield. The bird, and the thousands of Native American effigy built centuries ago in Wisconsin, were my inspirations.
I made several drawings and decisions about size, shape, and exact location. Howard Sherpe promoted the dove mound idea with the Highground board, and we built it with shovels, wheelbarrows, and 100 volunteers in the Spring of 1989. The dove mound is 130 feet wide, 100 feet in length, and 6 feet at its highest point. The mound contains soil from all 72 Wisconsin counties and many nations including Vietnam.
John Beaudin, of the Chippewa Tribe, spoke at the dedication ceremony. He said of the earth mound: “It is a spiritual place…let Mother Earth unburden you…walk away renewed and refreshed.” John Beaudin died of cancer three years later. His ashes were ceremonially scattered on the mound.
The dove mound was dedicated to the memory of prisoners of war and those missing in action. As Howard Sherpe wrote after the dedication ceremony, “What began as a memorial for POW-MIAs, has taken on much greater scope and significance than its original purpose. It is as if it has developed a life of its own and has now become a symbol of the peace we all seek.”

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