The Highground ~ Veterans Memorial Park

Also known as: Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project, Inc.
US 10, 4 miles west of Neillsville, Wisconsin

Privately funded, 155 acre veterans memorial park dedicated to all who served


The Vietnam Veterans Tribute is the first in the US to include a woman in the statuary. Under her poncho she carries the burden of the Wisconsin servicemen killed in Vietnam. Notice that none of the figures are complete, all flow into one representing how each are dependent on each other. The rifle is upside down, indicating Medivac is required, the orange glass is a reminded of Agent Orange that took so many lives after exposure to the toxic chemical.

It is unsigned by the artist. "It was signed with the cost of things. It was signed in sound. It was signed by us all."

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in July 2015




Situated just west of Neillsville on US 10, The Highground is a veterans memorial park that pays tribute to the dead, honors the survivors and pays homage to all who served for their sacrifices. It honors American veterans of all conflicts.

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.

Mission Statement of The Highground 

Submitted by J.R. Manning

"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.

Update Log 

  • June 13, 2018: Essay added by J.R. Manning
  • June 13, 2018: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 19, 2015: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 18, 2015: Added by J.R. Manning


  • J.R. Manning - Lugnuts969 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • The High Ground - Official website of America's premier, manned memorial


The High Ground ~ Veterans Memorial Park
Posted July 19, 2015, by J.R. Manning

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.

The High Ground ~ Veterans Memorial Park
Posted July 19, 2015, by Bill Eichelberger