‘It would mean a lot’: La Crosse foundation hopes to build veterans memorial in Riverside Park

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — About 8,000 veterans live in La Crosse County, but there is no official veterans memorial at at the city of La Crosse’s signature park, Riverside Park.

The La Crosse City Vision Foundation has raised $50,000 for a memorial at the park.

The foundation has hired artist and sculptor Mike Martino to begin fashioning a memorial, which the foundation says will be made of granite and bronze. The sculpture is expected to consist of an eagle perched atop an American flag. The project is expected to be completed in the fall.

Vietnam veteran Pat Houlihan, who is on the foundation’s board of directors, said the memorial “would mean a lot” and also would allow people to stop and reflect.

“That will be a place that they can stop and honor the people that served in the military especially those that gave up their life,” he said.

Foundation vice president Carol Gross said the memorial also will be important for the community.

“I believe we need a veterans memorial in Riverside Park due to all the families and loved ones who come walking around our park,” Gross said.

The La Crosse City Vision Foundation has five sponsors for the project and is looking for one more.

More information about the memorial can be found on the foundation’s website.

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