I love small towns. Not only do they have that Mayberry feel my metropolis-tired body craves, they often have little surprises, such as thrift stores and historical sites, nestled in between the cottage-lined streets and the two-block long Main Street. The people I meet feel like they could be my next best friend. However, they know I’m nobody’s friend, and give me frank, but kind, stares.
This summer, Cadott, Wisconsin, population 1,440, was no exception. They claim to be on the 45th parallel, halfway between the North Pole and the equator, but in July there weren’t any polar breezes. I was thrilled to discover a Veterans memorial and took as many pictures as I could, until the 95° heat forced me back to the AC in my rental car.
I love history and I love to honor veterans, so the Wisconsin Veterans Tribute was a great find.
The House of Heroes and tribute flags in military precision.
A tank used during the Cold War sitting peacefully on a grassy hill. I remember crouching under desks during elementary school bomb drills, the fear of the Communists sometimes infiltrating our recess play. The American hockey victory over the Soviets was an unforgettable triumph for those who grew up during the Cold War. Our young men trounced them, but no lives lost. I wish it were always that way.
This shark-toothed Cobra made me smile. Although war is a frightening, horrific time for American soldiers and civilians, the soldiers don’t allow their sense of humor to be totally demolished. This reminded me about the messages WWII veterans write on the bombs.
Nearly 70 years later the inscription still brings wonder and worship. “The grace of God brought each of them safely home.”
I can only imagine that family reunion.
We must never forget.
My tribute and gratitude to Veterans
and those that love them.
Read more about Veterans:
A Veterans Day Message to our Younger Generation
Address to Rhinebeck, NY Central School System by "Dr. Sam" Bierstock
Members of The Combat Veterans Association and the American Legion Riders met at the Wisconsin Veterans Tribute