Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, We Energies and Port Washington officials hosted the event to install the WWII Wisconsin Pillar of Honor.
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- Lyssa Beyer
Friday, November 9, 2012
A tent packed to standing-room-only met on the planned Coal Dock Park on Friday afternoon to celebrate the installation of the WWII Wisconsin Pillar of Honor. "The pillar is now in place and on time for Veterans Day," said Brad Hoeft, president of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. "May this site serve as a place of reflection and respect for generations to come." The pillar is an effort of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, an organization that works to send WWII veterans to see the memorial in Washington D.C. at no cost. Honor Flight is a national program, and the Stars and Stripes branch was founded in Port Washington. Related: Honor Flight Meets Goal: No More Waiting List for Veterans Stars and Stripes founder Joe Dean, also a Port …
City gets pillar donated and is now fast tracking plans to get memorial up by Veteran's Day.
Port Washington leaders said Tuesday they're planning to build a World War II memorial in the new Coal Dock project on the city’s lakefront. Ald. Joe Dean said planners for the project want to erect a replica of the Wisconsin pillar from the national World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., which will be placed between a main and side walkway at the Coal Dock. "We found veterans just flock to this part of the memorial and have their pictures taken," Dean said. "(W)e toured the Coal Dock area and couldn’t think of a better place to put this." Dean said the offer to get the pillar came from a Madison company during the sold-out premier of the "Stars and Stripes Honor Flight" documentary that took place at Miller Park earlier this year. The…