Saturday will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Highground Veterans Memorial Park at Neillsville.
The anniversary will be marked with all day activities:
30th Anniversary Celebration of The Highground Veterans Memorial Park
The Highground Veterans Memorial Park near Neillsville was dedicated in 1988. A celebration commemorating its 30th year will be held Saturday.
Admission is free and parking will be available at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Neillsville along with free shuttle bus service to The Highground.
Here is the schedule of the day’s events:
Noon: A veterans’ yellow ribbon motorcade through Neillsville and ending at The Highground just west of the city.
1:30 p.m.: An UH-1H Huey helicopter will land at the park.
1:45 p.m.: A Missing Man Table Ceremony that honors prisoners of war and those missing in action with each item at and around the dining table having specific meaning.
2 p.m.: Main ceremony that will include keynote speaker Dick Leinenkugel, a senior White House adviser for the Department of Veterans Affairs, a former U.S. Marine and one time president of the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. in Chippewa Falls.
4-8p.m.: Chicken dinner and music
8:15 p.m.: Fireworks
More information can be found at www.thehighground.us or by calling 715-743-4224.
An important component of the mission to further peace education has always been the Dove Mound, created heart and soul by David Giffey, a founding member of Chapter 25 Veterans for Peace.
The story of the Dove Mound creation will follow in a separate post.
June—Aug. 2017— Long Shadow: Memories of Vietnam The series consists of six mural-sized acrylic paintings on canvas based on memories and photos David Giffey took as a combat journalist with the Army 1st Infantry Division during the war in Vietnam. Other photographs and captions accompany the exhibit.
The Highground is placed in the center of the State of Wisconsin so that the location is a days trip away from any location in the state. Please view the directions for the best way to get to us. Please note that if you were using a GPS we strongly encourage you to follow our route as the GPS unit will want to take you down a different path. See this page on their website for directions.