The public is invited to join a day of honoring our fallen military men and women at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park near Neillsville on Saturday, Aug. 24, as the Gold Star Tribute is rededicated.
The rededication will celebrate the redesign of the Gold Star into a tribute which can serve its purpose of showing honor to the fallen year-round.
The previous design relied heavily on landscape plants which were not thriving under current conditions and often not visible in the winter months.
The new design is built upon the existing footprint of the original Gold Star Tribute, but has additional elements, including statuary and lighting, to make it a more effective and meaningful tribute 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
On Aug. 24, an open reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Highground Museum. Guests can see exhibits on display honoring fallen military personnel, including “Remembering Our Fallen/Wisconsin,” a photographic display of Wisconsin men and women who died while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq in the post 9/11 years and Wisconsin Public Television’s “A Face for Every Name” photographic display of the Wisconsin military personnel killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War.
A brass quintet from the 132nd Army Band will perform in the Museum during the two hour reception.
The Gold Star Tribute rededication ceremony will take place on The Highground Plaza at 6:30 p.m.
The ceremony will include speakers from Gold Star families of fallen military members from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Vietnam War; dedication of sponsored benches overlooking the Gold Star; music performances by the brass quintet of the 132nd Army Band and a flag folding and presentation.
The ceremony will conclude with a candlelight walk to the Gold Star Tribute.
The Highground Veterans Memorial Park is just west of Neillsville at W7031 Ridge Road. For more information, go to www.thehighground.
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