Near Neillsville in Clark County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial
We left pieces of ourselves in Vietnam. We brought parts of Vietnam home.
Each fragmented figure supports the others. A close inspection of the figure with the helmet reveals the long hair of a woman – the first depicted on a U.S. veterans memorial. Her poncho supports 1244 rods engraved with the names of those who didn't return. Their chimes hang among the rod clusters allowing them to speak to us.
The rifle is broken, showing the war is over. It is held in a position which would signal a medevac to land, indicating help is still needed. The rifle stands on a replica of a Native American burial mound and includes a flash of orange glass reminding us of the effects of agent orange and war on ourselves, our children and grandchildren.
Location. 44° 33.881′ N, 90° 40.018′ W. Marker is near Neillsville, Wisconsin, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from Ridge Road 0.4 miles west of Clark Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at The Highground Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville WI 54456, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Women Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Women Airforce Service Pilots Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Kilroy Was Here (within shouting distance of this marker); The Korean War Tribute (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); National Native American Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Clark County Moraines (approx. 0.3 miles away); The White Pine in Neillsville History (approx. 3.1 miles away); Neillsville Post Office (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Neillsville.
Also see . . . Fragments: Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Tribute. The southern point of The Highground plaza is dominated by the sculpture honoring the service and sacrifices of Wisconsin's Vietnam veterans. Winning a nationwide competition sponsored in 1986, Robert Kanyusik's sculpture, "Fragments," was chosen from over 100 entries. "The statue consists of four mutually supporting interlocked figures. The figures are fragmented recognizing the fragmentation of lives not only during war, but also in life." (Submitted on December 5, 2009.)
Categories. • Military • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 960 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on November 7, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 5, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 7, 8. submitted on April 10, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.