The Highground’s WWI Doughboy tribute is different than the traditional Doughboy statues that can be found in numerous locations throughout the United States. The traditional statue depicts a “doughboy” soldier with his right fist raised high, gripping a grenade, and his 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 while they were away and upon their return. As such, The Highground Doughboy is different in two distinct ways. It shows the soldier with his rifle at parade rest. And, his arm is raised with an open hand as if to greet visitors as they enter the park or bid a fond farewell as they leave.
The WWI Doughboy tribute was dedicated at The Highground in 1992.