The Highground’s WWI Doughboy is different than the traditional Doughboy statue in the United States in several ways. The traditional statue shows the right arm being stretched out with a cupped hand, as though he was throwing a grenade, and the left hand holding his rifle at the ready. It is important to recognize that The Highground is not a war memorial. It is a Veterans memorial park which pays tribute to the dead, and honors the survivors, their service, and their sacrifices. It also pays tribute to the people who supported them when they were away and upon their return.
Because this tribute is not a war memorial, The Highground Doughboy was changed so his rifle is at parade rest, not at the ready. In addition, his right arm is raised up with his hand open as if to greet visitors as they enter the park or bid a fond farewell as they leave.
The WWI Tribute was dedicated at The Highground in 1992.