UW-Platteville has direct link to 25-year-old Vietnam tribute

September 5, 2013

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"Fragments" Statue

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — A statue made 25 years ago on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus in tribute to those who fought and suffered in the Vietnam War will be honored. The Vietnam statue entitled “Fragments,” will be part of a tribute ceremony at The Highground near Neillsville, Wis. on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m.

The statue, sculpted in clay by Robert Kanyusik and formed in bronze by the late UW-Platteville professor Weldon T. “Bud” Wall and his students, has been the focal point of the Vietnam tribute at Highground since 1988.

Highground officials are expecting approximately 1,500 attendees for the event. They noted that the statue has held up “extremely well” during the past 25 years. The statue was dedicated on Sept. 18, 1988.

The names of 1,244 servicemen are included on bronze wind chimes on the statue, one for each KIA/MIA from Wisconsin.

Several area color guards, a Huey helicopter and music by military veterans will also be a part of the ceremony.

Highground is located at W7031 Ridge Road in Neillsville.

For additional information on Highground and the Sept. 14 event, go to thehighground.org.

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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