In 1984, Tom Miller’s vision for a veterans memorial would start to become reality as The Highground was born in Neillsville, Wisconsin. Today, The Highground has grown to include the following tributes: the National Native American Veterans, Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans, Gold Star Tribute, Earthen Dove Effigy Mound, The Nurse Tribute, WWII Globe, Liberty Bells, WWI Dough Boy, Meditation Garden, WASP Tribute, Wisconsin Counties United in Service, Korean Veterans Memorial, Ascension Doves, and the Fountain of Tears. The memorial park pays tribute to the dead, while honoring survivors, and provides healing and education — all wrapped up in a scenic view.
If you haven’t been to The Highground, Memorial Day is the perfect time to check out the memorial park with a view. On May 30, 2011, Wisconsin’s largest veterans’ memorial park will conduct a ceremony and celebration to commemorate the day. The Highground is located at W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville, Wisconsin. For more information, visit their website at www.thehighground.org or contact them by phone at (715)743-4224.
Other larger Central Wisconsin Memorial Day events include the following:
Marshfield Civil War Reenactment
This event will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The ceremony and reenactment will begin at 9:30 am on May 30, 2011, at the Hillside Cemetery, located at 1110 N. St. Joseph Avenue, Marshfield, Wisconsin. Other events include an Adopt-A-Civil War Veteran program, where attendees will be given the opportunity to sponsor any of 68 Civil War veteans’ graves. Artifacts from the Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy assassinations will also be on exhibit. For more information, visit www.visitmarshfieldwi.com or www.thomashousemuseum.org.
Memorial Day Ceremony
The ceremony is conducted by the local Veterans of the Foreign War (VFW) Post and the local American Legion Post. It will be held at 11 am on May 30, 2011, at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery located at 1708 E. Tenth Street in Merrill, Wisconsin.
Mosinee Memorial Day Parade
The parade begins at 10 am, May 30, 2011, at the corner of Fifth and Main Streets in Mosinee. The parade includes marching bands, veterans, and floats.
Wausau Memorial Day Celebration
The City of Wausau’s celebration begins at 11 am on May 30, 2011, in Restlawn Memorial Park at 4710 N. Troy Street, Wausau, Wisconsin. This event includes a flag raising ceremony, taps, a 21-gun salute, speakers, performers, and music. Seating is limited, so bring a chair and/or blanket. Food and beverages will be provided following the ceremonies at the American Legion Post #10.