NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (WEAU)- Work continues at The Highground in Neillsville on a $700-thousand tribute to all branches of the military who served around the world beginning with Operation Desert Storm to the current war on terrorism.
“There has been a lot of heavy lifting. Each one of those blocks weighs about 40 pounds so it’s been a chore,” Highground volunteer Charles Frey said as he walked around the tribute Monday.
Frey is just one of a handful of volunteers that have helped place more than 100 granite bricks and thousands of pounds of concrete that make up the backbone of a boot.
The shape sculpted into the landscape will serve as a tribute to our fallen soldiers and a symbol of marching forward on the global war on terrorism.
“We don't celebrate wars. We don't memorialize wars. It’s all about the people,” Highground board member Steve Maddox said.
Maddox says the latest tribute at The Highground came after three years of planning and the hope is the tribute will remind everyone to support our men and women still returning from war.
“We should be focusing on those coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Our time is past, our duty now is to support them,” former board member Alan Jenkins said.
Work will continue on the boot print throughout the summer and board members expect it could take as many as five years to fully complete it.
At the same time The Highground says it is working on a tribute to military service dogs. Board members say that tribute is still in the early planning phases.
The amount of time to complete the Persian Gulf Tribute will rely heavily on donations by those in the community. If you'd like to make a donation to the Persian Gulf Tribute you can do so by following the link on the right-hand side of the screen.