It's been 25 years since a tribute to Vietnam veterans was unveiled on a plaza above a scenic vista in central Wisconsin.
Tomorrow, a ceremony will be held to observe the anniversary of the first major monument at the Highground Veterans' Memorial Park west of Neillsville in Clark County. "Fragments" depicts a fallen soldier and those who helped him. Highground founder Tom Miller said he was inspired to put up the monument after he was caught in ambush in 1965 in Vietnam, and his partner died. Miller says "Fragments" was the first Vietnam war tribute in the U-S that honored women as well as men. Miller was the leading force in the opening the Highground in the late 1980's. It was solely dedicated to Vietnam veterans at first, but it has since expanded to include tributes for other wars and conflicts. At tomorrow's ceremony, the names of all 12-hundred-44 Wisconsin service members killed or missing-in-action in Vietnam will be read.