Veterans Memorial dedication of new wall of names Oct. 10

Saturday, October 10, the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial (SCVM) will host the honoring and rededication of the Blue Star Memorial Marker at SCVM and the addition and dedication of a new memorial wall to the memorial. The Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial board, in partnership with The Ivy League Garden Club, is presenting this event at 1:30 pm..

The Blue Star Memorial Marker is located at the SCVM and part of the Blue Star Memorial Highway System (BSMHS), a nationwide chain of beautification projects of living roadside memorials honoring the armed forces of the US. The BSMHS is a project of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. with local support by the Ivy League Garden Club. National Blue Star Memorial Marker Chairperson, Andrea Little of Westborough, Maine and Wisconsin Blue Star Memorial Marker Chairperson’s Charles and Linda McCafferty will be present for this rededication and will share insight into the Gold Star Families Project and the Blue Star program state wide and nationally.

The SCVM was dedicated in 1994 to honor veterans of wars and conflicts from the Civil Way through today’s conflicts in the global war on terror. The granite memorials display the names of those killed in action on one side and the names of those who served on the other side.

In August of 2014 the SCVM hosted the 20th Anniversary weekend and at this event many families signed up to have family members names added to the appropriate wall. The Veterans Affairs office notifies the memorial committee when an individual is killed in action and the individuals name is added to the memorial. Names of those who served are added as family members file a memorial request form, found on the website www.scvmemorial.org, with the processing fee of $150.00. Funding for the upkeep and expansion of the memorial is solely done through the memorial board by donations from individuals and companies throughout Sheboygan County. The 20th anniversary brought an unexpected interest in the Memorial and requests to have names added to the walls. The response brought so many names to be added to the memorial that an additional wall needed to be erected. T. SCVM board President Allen Nohl commented, “The committee was overwhelmed by the interest in the memorial last year and the requests to add names. We are honored to be able to continue recognizing those who serve our country to keep us safe.”

The SCVM board consists of eight Sheboygan county veterans and two honorary members that meet monthly to keep the memorial updated and maintained.

Donations, requests and details can be received by mailing to SCVM, PO Box 953, Sheboygan, WI 5308-0953, or online at www.scvmemorial.org.


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