After two years of planning and preparing, the community of Winnebago and the surrounding area was able to celebrate the dedication of a veteran's memorial earlier this afternoon.
It serves as a dedication and a reminder.
Jerome Behnke says, "It brings out a lot of emotions from back in the days when we were in the service. I'm glad to have something like this, to have in our community to remind everybody what the veterans have gone through.
Today, the community of Winnebago, whose population is just below 1,500 poured in by the hundreds to celebrate their true meaning of hero.
David Hansen says, "Dedicated to the men and women who loyalty and service during time of war and peace, who define the character of this great nation. Loyalty. Service. That defines a hero."
Twenty–six men from the Winnebago area have made the ultimate sacrifice since the Civil War. Their names were read aloud to keep their memory alive.
A list of all service members, from the Navy to the Marines are also engraved into the granite stones.
LeAnn Eastman says, "I think we need it, even for just the veterans. What they have done for our country, what they have put, their lives on the line, they need a place to go and to remember; a place to meditate. They lost comrades, they saw death over and over; they need a place where they can just think and meditate."
Think and meditate on how they have given so much to help keep America.....the land of the free and the home of the brave.