Gold Star Tribute Rededication is Aug. 24
For Hub City Times
NEILLSVILLE – The Highground Veterans Memorial Park will honor fallen military men and women, as the Gold Star Tribute is rededicated on Aug. 24.
The rededication will celebrate the redesign of the Gold Star into a Tribute. The previous design relied heavily on landscape plants that were not thriving under current conditions and were not visible in the winter months. The new design is built upon the existing footprint of the original Gold Star Tribute, but has additional elements, including statuary and lighting, to make it a more effective and meaningful tribute 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
An open reception will be held 4-6 p.m. at The Highground Museum. Guests can visit exhibits and a brass quintet from the 132nd Army Band will perform during the two-hour reception.
The Gold Star Tribute Rededication ceremony will take place on The Highground Plaza at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will include speakers from Gold Star families of fallen military members from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Vietnam War; dedication of sponsored benches overlooking the Gold Star; music performances by the brass quintet of the 132nd Army Band; and a flag folding and presentation.
The ceremony will conclude with a candlelight walk to the Gold Star Tribute.