CHILTON - Service members in Chilton say military traditions date back generations.
Now local veterans are asking for your help in building a new memorial.
Veterans say 87 people from the Chilton area have given their lives in service since World War One.
But some in town say those brave men and women haven't been properly honored.
New plans would place a larger, more artistic memorial in Klinkner Park.
That's right along the main street in Chilton, on Highways 57 and 32.
"The VFW post built that modest memorial a lot of years ago. I thought, gee, this town hasn't done a great deal lately to honor its veterans," said Don Kampfer, a Korean War veteran.
Veterans from Chilton like Don Kampfer and Rich Appel joined forces to properly honor those in the armed forces.
"We really felt that there needed to be a memorial in town to honor the soldiers and sailors and marines and veterans before us," said Appel, who recently retired after 24 years in the military.
Appel, Kampfer and others formed the Veterans Memorial Committee two years ago.
First step was to find the perfect location.
They settled here, at Klinkner Park.
"It's very high-traffic, it's a beautiful park, the city did donate this piece of land from the city park to us, they've been very supportive to us throughout," said Appel.
Next, the committee drew up this plan, using designers and landscapers with ties to Chilton.
"You'll enter the memorial through the parking lot which you can see right behind us. It'll just meander through different plaques and memorials of the soldiers that have served into the main memorial area. The soldiers will be overlooking you. There will be a large group of rocks with an eagle perched on it symbolizing liberty," said Stacy Woelfel, of Master Plan Landscapes. "It's really intimate and it'll really be a great spot"
They have the land, and they have the plan. Now the committee needs your help raising more than $100 thousand to make this memorial happen.
"We'll be making appeals to all the veterans groups, all the service clubs and we expect solid support. A project of this kind is going to take broad community support to get it done," said Kampfer.
So the committee is asking everyone to give a little—In memoriam of those who gave all.
The Chilton Veterans' Memorial Committee hopes to break ground on the memorial next spring.
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Veteran's Memorial Committee of Chilton
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