(Mayville) The grand opening for the Gold Star Memorial Trial is scheduled for June 1st. The ten-foot wide paved trail – so named to honor local fallen veterans – extends two miles from Mayville’s Theiler Park to the Horicon Marsh Visitor Center, running along County Highway TW and State Highway 28. The ceremony will recognize fallen military members and their families as well as those who helped raise more than $740,000 in donations over the last five years to make the trial a reality. Festivities begin at 9am with the dedication beginning at 10am. Army Chaplain Colonel Douglas Fleischfresser is serving as the keynote speaker. For more information about the project, visit www.goldstarmemorialtrailwi.org.
Two Gold Star families who initiated the effort to use the “Gold Star” theme to build a non-motorized trail honoring all fallen military service members from Wisconsin, celebrate the completion of construction of phase one of the Gold Star Memorial Trail. Construction on the trail started on February 27 and was completed Wednesday, November 21. From left are Greg and Barb Gassen, parents of Pfc. Jacob Gassen, KIA November 29, 2010 and Laura and Andrew Johnson, parents of 1st Lt. David Johnson, KIA January 25, 2012.