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Wascott veterans memorial dedication

Wascott Veterans Memorial. Submitted photo.

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Wascott Veterans Memorial was held Friday at the Wascott Kreide Cemetery on Cemetery Road. The impressive black granite monument is dedicated "To all who served our country in times of war and peace. All gave some. Some gave all."

The ceremony included a presentation of colors by the American Legion Lockman-Jensen Post No. 499; the National Anthem sung by the Northwood High School choir; bagpipe music by John Glendenning; a reading of the poem "Freedom is Not Free;" remarks by Wascott town chair Jim Boughner, American Legion Commander John Hoelter, and Douglas County veterans services officer Brian Erickson.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed by dedicated community volunteers Charles and Patti McDermott, and was followed by a prayer and the playing of taps.

Creation of the memorial honoring all veterans near and far was a longstanding dream of many Wascott residents. After a number of years of planning and fundraising, the dream became a reality. It wouldn't have been possible with the hard work and generous donations of many individuals, businesses and organizations. Major donors included: Town of Wascott, East Central Energy, American Legion Post No. 499; Wascott Community Club/FDA; Mary Beth and Stanton Smith; • National Bank of Commerce; Wascott Men's Garden Club, Wisconsin Warriors Ride; Wascott Tourism and Development; and Lutheran Thrivent Action Grant.

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