CHILTON – Hundreds of people filled Klickner Memorial Park in Chilton Saturday for the dedication and unveiling of a new memorial honoring service men and women.
When it comes to honoring those who’ve served, Chilton residents came out in full force.
“It’s such a supportive, patriotic, community,” Rich Appel Chairman of Chilton Veterans Memorial
It was hard to find an empty seat in the crowd.
“Within a year the funds were raised,” Appel.
The unveiling gave residents the opportunity to walk through the memorial and read more than 400 names of veterans etched in stone.
“My name is Frank Wasdovitch. It’s right here. This is my wife’s name right above me and we were very proud to serve our time and having the community sponsor something like this has just been fantastic. It’s very overwhelming and much more than I would have ever anticipated,” said Wasdovitch, Air Force veteran.
The memorial includes statues representing each branch of the military.
“I think it’s just awesome. It’s one of the best memorials I’ve ever seen,” said Chilton resident Kathryn Fagg.
The idea behind this design an architect and Chilton native.
“I know that it’s important to the community and what they are looking for is something that they feel is something they would be proud of and so to accomplish that makes me feel like I hit the mark and they’re happy. To leave something that will be in the community where I grew up is special to me,” said memorial architect Jim Suttner.
The design also seemed to have a lasting impression on those who came to visit the memorial.
“It means a lot to me because I know a lot of these names that are on these walls here and it really honors especially the fallen,” said Bob Schuh, World War II veteran.
The memorial wasn’t just built for the servicemen, from Calumet County, who made the ultimate sacrifice.
It’s also a reminder to thank all of the military men and women for their service.
It took more than two years to complete the memorial and it cost more than $200,000 to construct.
City leaders say it couldn’t have been done without help and donations from the community.