Marker 300: Highground Veterans Memorial and Plaza

Erected 1990 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin
44° 14.836′ N, 90° 44.263′ W

Wisconsin Vietnam veterans provided leadership for the establishment of a memo­rial dedicated to the men and women of the state who served in America's 20th century conflicts. In 1985, the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project acquired property near Neillsville, northeast of here. The site contains a strikingly beautiful elevated panoramic vista overlooking 500,000 acres of countryside. The site was soon dubbed "The Highground" by the veterans. 

During 1987, the veter­ans successfully attracted donations to support improvements that transformed The Highground into a memorial park. A national competition led to the choosing of Robert Kanyusik of Rhinelander as artistic designer. 

A Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1988 along with The Highground park. The memorial plaza and the associated art works evoke a sense of healing and of hope. The Highground is designed to recognize the experiences of Wisconsin veterans and serves as a reminder of their sacrifices.
Marker is at Rest Area 54 on westbound Interstate 94, W8600 Interstate 94, Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615.

The Highground Veterans Memorial

The Highground Veterans Memorial Facebook Page (be sure to Like!)

The following markers are at this location:
Black River Falls Forest Fire
Marker 195: The Passenger Pigeon
Marker 228: Black River Valley
Marker 300: Highground Veterans Memorial and Plaza
Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers Tribute

 The marker is on the left.

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