Privately funded, 155 acre veterans memorial park dedicated to all who served
It is a 146 acre park centrally located in the state so that visitors can reach it in one day's travel from anywhere in Wisconsin. It is open twenty-four hours every day, seven days a week, and it is manned year round.
The center of the memorial park is a 45,000 square foot plaza, memorial plazas and a Native American effigy mound, all lit in the evening. A half million acres of glacial moraines and woodlands are visible from the point of the plaza. The park also features 4 miles of hiking trails, a picnic area with tables and a treehouse that is handicap accessible.
The Highground is a grassroots effort, with no federal or state funding. Thousands of volunteer man-hours annually help maintain the memorial.
"It is the mission of The Highground to honor Veterans and their families and to educate others about the cost of things – the human cost. It is the vision of The Highground to honor human courage and sacrifice wherever it is displayed without denying or glorifying the pain and suffering of war or of life. It is important to recognize that The Highground is not a war memorial. It is a Veteran’s Memorial Park that pays tribute to the dead, and honors the survivors, their service, and their sacrifices. It also pays tribute to the people who supported them when they were away and upon their return. The Highground currently has 17 tributes located within its park, and another 5 miles of trails to take some time and reflect along. Please view any one of the tributes located below."
Mission Statement from the website of The Highground, a link can be found below.
This is an absolutely amazing place and I admit, I had no idea it was even here. If you're a veteran or a member of the family of a veteran, you need to visit this memorial park. The park is probably 2-1/2 hours away from St. Paul and about 5 hours from Chicago.
I intend to return and take the guided walking tour and shoot another several dozen photographs of the tributes.