The Mount Horeb Veterans Memorial was carefully designed to incorporate a variety of features in tribute to the men and women in uniform. Read on below to learn more about the unique attributes of the Memorial and how they tie together.
Mount Horeb Veterans Memorial Association
Honoring Those Who Served
The Mount Horeb Veterans Memorial incorporates various design features honoring all branches of the Armed Forces. It is the mission of the Mount Horeb Veterans Memorial Association to recognize the effort and sacrifice provided to our country by the many veterans who have called and still call Mount Horeb home.
Veterans Memorial Features
The Flag Circle
There are a total of 10 flags in the Memorial. The United States Flag is the most prominent. It will be a 6′ by 10′ flag on a 40′ pole. The five flags on 35′ poles will be represented by flying the flags of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. They will be in a circle around the Mount Horeb Freedom Tower. Each pillar in the tower represents a branch of the service.
The entire Memorial footprint represents the United States Pentagon. 5 sides, 5 points, 5 pillars, all represent the power of 5, the 5 Branches of the Military. The Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the strength it portrays to our country and the world is why our Memorial will have this distinct look.
Mt. Horeb Freedom Tower
The original conceptual design for the Veterans Memorial Freedom Tower came from a candle holder with 4 pillars. The candle holder and a sketch of the Freedom Tower rendered by Don Hartman, was taken to a Tech Ed teacher at Mount Horeb High School in the spring of 2017. The project was assigned to Senior student Matthew Thompson who took the modified sketch, that incorporated a fifth pillar, and Matt architecturally created 3D plans of the Freedom Tower with 5 pillars. Each Pillar represents a branch of the military. The Freedom Tower was equipped with a large Bronze bell and was anchored to a Pentagon-shaped Granite platform with each side being engraved with a Military Seal that corresponds to the branch of the service pillar above it.
After Matthew drafted the plans using the school’s Computer-Aided Design and Drafting System, the Plans were taken to several Monument Companies in the area. Archie Monument in Watertown, Wisconsin was the only company who indicated that they could build the Freedom Tower.
The Pillars in structure will be made of white granite and placed atop a black granite pentagon. It will rise approximately 13 feet off the ground. As indicated earlier, each pillar will represent a branch of the military, with each branch’s symbol or seal engraved in the black granite side of the pentagon below the pillar. The polished bronze bell will be placed in the Freedom Tower for use during memorials honoring fallen veterans and to be rung on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, September 11th, and Veterans Day.
The AMERICAN FLAG TRIBUTE
The American Flag Tribute will be made of black granite collared by two pieces of white granite. A brightly-colored, waving U.S. Flag will be etched on the front of the black Granite Pentagon. The brilliant red, white, and blue flag will be inspiring to all whose eyes are cast in that direction. Engraved on the back-side of the Pentagon will be “A Flag’s Declaration”, a powerful and emotional poem written by 25-year military veteran CSM Doyle Watters, U.S. Army (Retired).
American Legion Pentagon Tribute
The American Legion Tribute will also be a Pentagon made of black granite collared by two pieces of white granite. Engraved on the front of the Pentagon will be the American Legion symbol and reference to Frank E. Malone American Legion Post 113. Engraved on the back-side of the Pentagon will be the Preamble to the American Legion Constitution.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Pentagon Tribute
The VFW Pentagon will also be a Pentagon made of black granite collared by two pieces of white granite. Engraved on the front of the Pentagon will be the symbol of the VFW and a reference to Mount Horeb VFW Post 9511. Engraved on the back-side of the Pentagon will be a poem penned by CSM Doyle Watters, U.S. Army (Retired). The poem is titled “The Defender” and is descriptive of the Veterans of Foreign Wars members who have fought in all wars.
POW | mia | KIA tRIBUTE
The POW/MIA/KIA pedestal Tribute will be sponsored by the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Chapter IV. Each of the 5 sides will be engraved with statistics from Wars. There are three sides dedicated to Gold Star Veterans from the area. Veterans who died while serving their Country in various Wars and conflicts. One side will be engraved with various statistics and numbers from those who served in the many conflicts that the United States of America has been involved in. On top of the Granite pedestal there will be a bronze Fallen Soldier Statue.
Purple Heart Recipient tribute
This Black Granite monument will be dedicated to all who received our Nation’s oldest award, The Purple Heart, which was first given out by George Washington to soldiers wounded in the Revolutionary War. The Tribute’s top will include a hand-print made by a Purple Heart Recipient.
The hand-print will be a very moving part of the monument because it’s cast from the hand print of a Navy Corpsman who served in Vietnam with the Marines tending to the wounded and dying. This Purple Heart Recipient’s DNA and Spirit are channeled into the stone and all are encouraged to place their hand in the imprint. By placing your hand in the imprint, it is hoped you will gather strength and healing from those who’ve placed their hand on the imprint before you.
Mount Horeb Veterans Memorial Park
This space is dedicated solely to all veterans who served their county in military service.
It is a place that not only honors their service, but also their sacrifice, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their own life for the great nation.
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