|Wood Cemetery began with Civil War Soldier burials in 1871|
This year for Memorial Day, we went to a unique memorial called High Ground. It's near Neillsville, WI, and was started around 1984 by an individual who suffered a great loss during Vietnam. You can read more about him at the website. If you didn't know it was there, you probably wouldn't even stop. But don't make that mistake. It has monuments to many conflicts and wars, with an ongoing fundraising campaign for the next memorial to the Persian Gulf War. There are bricks throughout the grounds with names of people, organizations, and families who support veterans or have lost a loved one. You can find a comfortable bench for prayer and meditation. Maybe you prefer to take a walk on the 4 miles of trails. Be sure to read the stones and pick up an audio tour device for more information about the memorials.
This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War, and High Ground received a Motorcycle Honor Ride. Though it was a rainy morning, it turned into a beautiful afternoon as the motorcycles arrived from around the state and rode through a reception area of flags and clapping people. Every veteran was thanked and received a red ribbon. You could have lunch before the ceremony where names were read for those from Wisconsin who were killed in action/Missing in action during Vietnam & Korea. The written program included a listing of all killed during Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It was much longer than I expected. I'll share some photos I took.
|A replica liberty bell everyone is encouraged to ring|
to remember to let freedom ring
|This memorial has the names of all those killed |
hanging under the poncho
|Motorcycles rode through applause and flags|
|Carnations on the seats for participants|
|Part of the High Grounds with the Visitor Center behind|
|Letter to unknown soldier|
|Wreath and flags for medal of honor recipient|