Bricks and tiles are still available to place in the field of honor, in memory of a veteran, a family member, church or civic organization.
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The Veterans and Auxiliary Members of VFW Post 1916 are proud to have led what was truly a community effort in the fundraising, planning and building of the Reedsburg Area Veteran’s Memorial.
A small group of individuals had a vision… a monument to the great service and sacrifice that has been and continues to be made in the defense of the freedoms that this great country supports.
It started as an idea, and with input from area architects, landscapers, designers, contractors and a monument company, the idea took shape and grew into a full-fledged plan. As word spread, an entire community of businesses, organizations and individuals rallied to support the effort.
Thurber Greenwood VFW Post 1916 of Reedsburg and their Auxiliary started planning to build a veteran’s memorial early in 2008. A committee was created and the planning began. The Post announced plans to the community on Memorial Day, 2008. On June 9th of that year, the Reedsburg area was devastated by a flood that put many homes and businesses under water. Soon after, the price of gas skyrocketed and the economy began to deteriorate. As a result, we started the project knowing it wasn’t going to be easy raising more than $250,000 to build the Memorial.
Along the way, we realized that we needed professional help with architectural drawings, land surveys, construction services, and landscaping plans. Many came forward to help with donated services and materials, as well as monetary assistance, including the American Legion Post 350 and other veterans’ organizations.
Our Committee looked at several different locations for the Memorial, but discovered that purchasing land was going to be very costly. We contacted the Reedsburg Parks Department and they generously donated a parcel at Nishan Park.
Our Post had many fundraisers throughout the 3˝ years of this project, some more successful than others. However, because of the overwhelming support from our community, we met our goals.
This Memorial Wall tells a story… a story of what it took to keep this country free. We dedicated the Memorial on July 4th, 2011, and it now stands as a place of gratitude and reflection.
A Grateful Community Honors Those Who Served – 2011
The Reedsburg Area Veteran’s Memorial was dedicated on July 4, 2011. Click here for a booklet giving a complete description of each photo and a little bit of the history behind it and our past wars/conflicts. You will be amazed at the information you find within the booklet’s pages.