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Star of Honor to be dedicated
Star of Honor was installed in the Hall of Honor gazebo in the spring
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Photo supplied: Bill Hustad Green County Veterans Memorial Park Committee members beside the newly installed Navy Anchor are pictured, from left, Ed Andreas, William “Bill” Hustad, Jackie Hustad, Karen Ayres, Larry Ayres and Alex Olson.

MONROE — A dedication will take place at the Green County Veterans Memorial Park at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5. The park is located on County N and Wisconsin 81.

The park’s Star of Honor, which includes the seven generals from Green County and lists of Prisoners of War and those killed in action, as well as major contributors to the development of the park, will be dedicated. 

The Star of Honor was installed in the park’s Hall of Honor gazebo this spring. The Hall of Honor was erected in 2017. 

Over the past 16 years, the park has undergone major renovations and developments. The park got its start when an M-60 tank was moved onto the premise in 2004. Until then, the tank was located where the Green County Justice Center now stands. 

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The dedication at 1:30 p.m. July 5 will be for the new Star of Honor, honoring Green County Veterans, POW, MIA and more. The star is located inside of the park’s Hall of Honor. - photo by Shannon Rabotski

Since then, a flagpole displaying the American Flag, six additional flagpoles representing each military branch and a missing in action/POW flag, a Huey helicopter and various plaques have been added to memorialize Green County veterans

The Green County Veteran’s Memorial Park President Bill Hustad thinks that the dedications are an important way to let the community see what is happening at the park.

“It gives everyone an opportunity to celebrate what has been accomplished over the years,” Hustad said. 

A veteran himself, Hustad sees the park as a place where veterans can remember those they served with, pay respects to those they have lost and remember history.

The park’s developments are funded entirely through donations. Donations can be sent to Green county Veterans Memorial Park; c/o Community Fund of Southwest Wisconsin; P.O. Box 733; Monroe, WI 53566.