The Highground invites the public to share stories for upcoming exhibition

Neillsville, Wis. – Those who served or have loved ones who served in the Middle East from the 1950s to present day, are invited to add their stories to an exhibition being planned for June 11–Sept. 18, 2022. The exhibition will include a timeline of the history of U.S. military involvement in the Middle East region, personal stories, uniforms, memorabilia, photographs and more.

Within the exhibition, there will be a “Memorial to the Fallen” display remembering the Wisconsin lives that have been lost due to service beginning with Desert Storm. Families that have lost loved ones from outside of Wisconsin (during this period) that they would like remembered are asked to contact Theresa at The Highground Museum.

This memorial will include lives lost due to the effects of post-traumatic stress and Veteran suicide along with combat or active service-related deaths. Families that lost loved ones due to the effects of PTS and/or Veteran suicide can contact Theresa at the Museum to have them remembered.

Individuals and organizations are invited to support this exhibition financially to help create the “Memorial to the Fallen” display. The memorial will be a permanent display at The Highground Museum, forever honoring these fallen service members. Each of them will be remembered with an individual framed 8×10 photograph that will be displayed on a freestanding series of metal frame walls. The photographs will be accompanied by their service information and information/photos shared by their loved ones. There will also be displays of memorabilia, uniforms and general military campaign and PTS information. A second identical display will be created specifically as a traveling exhibit. The total project cost is estimated to be $4,200 to complete both sets. Those who would like to sponsor this memorial project are invited to contact Theresa at the Museum.

For information about the exhibition and memorial project, sponsorship opportunities or to submit a story, contact Theresa by email at [email protected] or by phone at 715-743-4224.

Information about upcoming events, current news and more is available at The Highground is located at W7031 Ridge Rd., Neillsville, WI 54456.

Photo copyright: M119 howitzer during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jan./Feb. 2003; Wikimedia Commons.

About the Park:  The Highground started as the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project in 1984. It has grown to a 155-acre park whose mission is to Honor, Educate and Heal our Veterans, their families and all who visit. The Park includes over a dozen tributes, a museum, gift shop, four miles of hiking trails, and Camp Victory, a 295-acre camp located 18 miles north of the main campus. The private facility, which receives no ongoing federal or state funding, is supported by private donations and grants. The Park is free to the public and open 24/7/365. The Gift Shop and Museum are open daily from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (summer hours:  10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). W7031 Ridge Rd, Neillsville WI 54456.

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