Highground 30th Anniversary Speakers

Displays During the Weekend

“A Face for Every Name”  Vietnam KIA from WI display in Learning Center

“Memorial Wall & Final Bridge Project”

Friday Sept 21

5:30pm – Vietnam Veterans Tour

Saturday Sept 22

9am  – Reading of the names of WI KIAs/MIAs in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan – Finished at approx 11am

10 am Static Display of UH-1H helicopter from VVA #331

11:00am Kokosz Family Raffle & Hot Dog Lunch – until 4pm

10:30am -Volunteers for Parade Staging should be at the Fairgrounds

11am – Staging for Parade at Clark County Fairgrounds

12pm – Yellow Ribbon Parade Begins through Neillsville to the Highground

1:30 – Landing of UH-1H Huey helicopter in Meditation Garden

1:45 – Missing Man Table Ceremony on Plaza by Rolling thunder Chapter 3, followed by Color Guard, Rifle Unit and Taps – Craig S. Olson VFW #8514 & Color Guard, Rifle Unit – Loyal American Legion #175

2:00pm 30th Anniversary Ceremony Presentation of Colors & Liberty Bell Rings 21 times Pledge of Allegiance

  • National Anthem – Promise Quartet
  • Invocation – LTJG Joe Pinzl USN, Zion Lutheran Church
  • Welcome by Jon Weiler, Highground Executive Director
  • Jake Leinenkugel
  • John Miller
  • Skip Klabon – Vietnam Veteran Marine
  • Highground Volunteer Joel Brockman – Gold Star Father of Andrew Wallace
  • KIA Iraq Don Quicker – Original & Current Highground Board of Director, Vietnam Veteran Recognition of Original BOD & Families of Original BOD members
  • Reading of the Names with Presentation of Colors Rifle Salute “Taps”
  • Talking Circle

3:30-5:30pm Kids Activities at The Learning Center After Ceremony

4:00 pm BJ Prior book signsing and presentation “Behind My Wings”

4:00pm Chicken Dinner by Neillsville American Legion #73 until 8pm

4:30pm Steve Conto presentation “Final Bridge” & WI Vietnam Memorial Wall

5:00pm Concert Stage – Promise Quartet

6:00pm Concert Stage – Red Higgins & The Freedom Train until 8:00pm

8:15pm Fireworks