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Veterans park board plans new memorial
The illustrations above and below are concept drawings for a new gazebo to be located at Green County Veterans Memorial Park. (Illustrations supplied)

If you go ...

What: Green County Veterans Memorial Park Board annual fundraiser: Dinner, dance and live and silent auction

When: Saturday, April 29

Where: Turner Hall in Monroe

Tickets can be purchased at Sugar River Bank in Brodhead, Woodford State Bank in Monroe or by contacting board members Larry and Karen Ayres, 608-558-9198; William and Jackie Hustad, 608-527-2942; Donna Douglas, 608-214-8566; Alex Olson, 608-325-9565; or Ed Andreas, 608-420-1022.

To submit a name of a veteran who lived in Green County at any point in his or her life, call William Hustad at 608-527-2942 or email, or call Alex Olson at 608-325-9565. Names can also be submitted online at

MONROE - Members of the Green County Veterans Memorial Park Committee plan to construct a gazebo this year bearing the names of every veteran from the area as a token of gratitude and remembrance.

The committee has already placed a tank, brick pavers with supporters' names and a Huey helicopter at the park located on the corner of Wisconsin 81 and County N. The helicopter was dedicated in November after years of searching; the gazebo will be the next phase for the memorial park.

Board member Donna Douglas noted the importance of the Hall of Honor and the wall of honor bearing veterans' names from the American Revolution to present day.

"I've always been supportive of everything we did," Douglas said. "At this point, it has been my passion to see completion of this building. I've really gotten excited. This, to me, is a real tribute to all of Green County."

Fundraising for the project has already begun. Donations are necessary to complete the project, a press release from the board noted. Douglas said the fundraising goal has been set for $150,000 and local donors, from businesses to individuals, have been supportive. Donors will also be noted on a wall of the octagon structure for their efforts to help complete the memorial wall.

GCVMP President Larry Ayres, a veteran himself, remarked on how effective memorials like the wall can be to family members of those who have served the United States.

"It is not just the veteran that this honor is for," Ayres said in the release. "The meaning and honor goes beyond the veteran. It ripples to the families of the veteran."

The committee is currently seeking names to include on the structure, which will stand about 17 feet and span about 19 feet across. It will be placed directly behind six standing flag poles which bear the emblems of different branches of U.S. service organizations.

The group already knows the first four names to adorn the wall of honor: Green County natives Gen. Merrill B. Twining, Gen. Nathan F. Twining, Gen. Don S. Wenger and Gen. Nathan J. Lindsay will be the initial veterans' names included in the Hall of Honor.

Names can be submitted via GCVMP vice president Bill Hustad or member Alex Olson. Applications will also be available on the board website. Even after the pavilion has been built, names will continue to be added as they are received by the committee.

Douglas said the GCVMP board hopes to begin work on the gazebo in late summer, after ground work is finished and the committee has determined the exact cost of the project.