BD Vets Continue Memorial Expansion Campaign

Local veterans’ organizations in Beaver Dam continue their campaign to expand the Veterans Memorial at Oakwood Cemetery. There are currently over 1100 names of area soldiers are displayed on engraved bricks, but there is no room left to add any new names. The new addition would allow for over 400 new names. The plans call for removing the granite sign that reads “Veterans Memorial” from the main wall and constructing a smaller wall for that sign closer to Highway 33. There would be more space for names on the backside of that new wall, in addition to the backside of the main wall where the granite sign is currently located. The plans also call for the addition of seven flag poles along the north side of the main wall, representing each branch of the service. A heart-shaped sidewalk would also added around the main wall. The original Memorial was completed in 2004 after an aggressive two-year fundraising campaign. The price tag was $100,000, not counting in-kind labor donations. The Veterans Memorial Park Committee is hoping for the same generosity with this effort, estimated to cost around $45,000. Any service member, living or deceased, who honorably served their county in war or peace time, can have a name on the wall. A waiting list has been started. Contact information: The Beaver Dam Veterans Memorial Park Expansion Project c/o Beaver Dam American Legion, PO Box 97, Beaver Dam, WI 53916. Or call David Noe at (920) 319-1958.