The beauty and importance of the monuments have not escaped the notice of first-time visitors like Amanda Nedweski and Norm Pratt.
“I’m totally impressed with this,” said Nedweski, of Moms for Liberty, who came to show his support. “It’s beautiful just to see how much this means to people.”
“It is a testament to the importance of our military and those who served,” said Pratt, whose brother served. “We are trying to go out and support our vets. “
“This monument in Brighton is a reminder of the dedication of these young men and women who have served their country,” said Steil. “The monument is also a reminder that they protect our freedoms in the future.”
The significance of the monument has not been lost on local veterans like Willkomm, who served in the United States during the time of the Vietnam War. “We are free today thanks to these veterans who fought,” he said. “I am proud to support my veteran brothers and proud to be a veteran.
In addition to the memorial service, the 10th annual Jeddyfest, sponsored by Jeddy’s Bar, included a 5k run, live music and games. The $ 20 registration fee and donations for the race will be donated to the Aurora Cancer Foundation. Last year’s event raised over $ 2,600.
The first and second place winners for the 5K race received gift cards. First place winners included Randy Wacek of Fond du Lac, as well as Char Wacek, Kim Gillmore of Wheatland and Julie Jensen of Pleasant Prairie, who came together.