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The Highground Veterans Memorial Park: Tributes to Women Veterans

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Jul 2015 06:03 PM

The Highground Veterans Memorial Park in rural Neilsville, Wisconsin — founded by a Vietnam War veteran — honors the sacrifices of service members from many walks of life, including women veterans, through a series of on-site installations, the official Highground website explains.

Three of these sculptural works pay particular tribute to women veterans. One, entitled, "Fragments," is "the first veterans memorial in the United States to include a woman in the statuary," according to a summary at the memorial park's official website.

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Commissioned in 1986 for The Highground, this tribute in bronze to Vietnam Veterans merges four figures in what is described as a display of strength and interdependence, with the female figure — helmeted and wearing a poncho — placed highest in a kind of protective embrace.

Another tribute is "The Nurse," a scaled-down bronze model originally submitted by sculptor Roger Brodin for the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C. When another sculpture won the D.C. competition, several Vietnam veterans from Wisconsin purchased "The Nurse" for The Highground.

The 36-inch bronze now stands atop a granite block at the base of The Highground's seven-story flagpole. A plaque reads: "In honor and remembrance of the women of Wisconsin who have served our nation."

"She is often found with roses and mementos of thanks in her arms, left by visitors who remember her kindness and care," according to The Daily Kos.

The third bronze honors the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the pioneering female recruits of World War II who served stateside as flight instructors, aircraft testers and transporters, and haulers of aerial target banners for gunners-in-training to shoot at.

With another nearby installation — a steel globe symbolizing World War II — as a backdrop, the pilot strides forward in fatigues, looking skyward from beneath her leather flight helmet and upturned goggles.

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