The community of Reedsburg honored area veterans with a new war memorial, which was dedicated July Fourth.
The project took three years and $250,000 to come to fruition, but its worth it for those involved.
It means everything to me. Its my country, it's my freedom, it gives me my family, said Darcy Swiscz, whose husband, John, served in the military. He used to have a yellow helmet sitting on his desk where he worked, like a hard hat. And that was his motto: Lifes tough, wear a helmet.
Johns name joins hundreds honored along the Reedsburg Area Veterans Memorial, including old friends of World War II veteran Roger Zimmerman, many who arent around to see it.
All the older fellers hollering to get it done before we passed away, Zimmerman said. I got (age) 86 coming up pretty soon. I wont get to see many more of them.