Green County Veterans Memorial Park committee and the New Glarus Veterans Park memorial committee accept tax-deductible donations made through Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. Donations to Monticello's memorial can be left at Greenwood State Bank in Monticello, and application for bricks can be obtained at the bank. For more information, call 938-4088.
The program at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 27, will take place in front of the American flag, and flags for prisoners of war and the five service branches.
Bill Hustad, vice president of the Green County Veterans Memorial Park committee, said the program will be traditional and will also recognize the many donors who have helped make the park a reality.
The county's Veterans Memorial Park is nearing completion, as the committee members await the arrival of the park's entrance marker and installation of a walkway of engraved bricks.
The park already has a military tank on display. The committee is raising more funds to acquire a helicopter to partner with it.
Other communities are also planning special events Monday to dedicate veterans memorials.
Monticello erected its area veterans memorial monument last fall, but waited until landscaping was complete for its dedication at 1 p.m. Monday. Refreshments will be served following the program.
The memorial is located along Wisconsin 69 in the Montesian Gardens.
The monument and bricks hold the names of more than 60 Monticello and Monticello area veterans, grouped according to the wars in which they fought.
American Legion and Monticello Community Club members worked about seven years to bring the project to completion. The village's previous veterans memorial was erected in the Zwingli Church cemetery after World War II.
The second of four marker stones at the New Glarus Veterans Park to honor fallen veterans will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, following a Memorial Day program at the elementary school. The park is located across the street from the school.
The new marker holds the names of veterans from the Korean War and Civil War.
Last year, the village dedicated the first maker to WW II veterans. Those names filled both sides of the marker.
Next year, the New Glarus veterans groups heading up the project plan to erect a third marker for World War I and Vietnam veterans, according to Hustad, the New Glarus committee's chairman. A fourth maker will be dedicated to recent veterans, including those who served in Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. Hustad said space has been saved on each marker for additional names.