NEILLSVILLE, Wisc. (WEAU) - A group of Boy Scouts are going beyond traditional camping, as a Neillsville veterans monument is helping to teach the meaning of Memorial Day.
Boy Scouts Troop 43 from Watertown goes on a camping trip almost every month, but this weekend, they're learning more than how to set up tents and build campfires at The Highground.
“The boys are getting to understand a little bit more about memorial day than just cookouts and the start of summer,” assistant scout master and Vietnam Veteran Hiram Cutting said.
The boys chose to come to The Highground veterans memorial park in Neillsville, where they're camping, cleaning trails and learning about wartime history.
The scouts plan on taking part in Monday’s ceremony, The Highground's biggest day of the year. Billy Kitzhaber, a scout whose dad is a major in the National Guard, said he hopes more kids will learn about and honor those who fought while serving.
“It always feels good to give back, but it really is a special feeling when you know you're helping the veterans personally,” Kitzhaber said.
“They've given their lives to protect us, it's just something we can help give back,” life scout Calvin Rens said.
“This is really a cool place that grew from just Vietnam to Korea, World War II, and Iraq and Kosovo, Kuwait. We did go tour the monuments and it's a cool place to be,” Kitzhaber said.
“With all service men and women, we come back, and a lot of our friends have not. And this is a day that's set up to remember those. So I guess that's why we want to honor it. It's important that way. It's the one day that's given for it, so let's use that day for that,” Cutting said.
The Highground Memorial Day ceremony is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. Monday, with its third annual Motorcycle Fun Run leading up to it.