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Members of the Williams Bay VFW post stand at the site of a planned memorial for all Williams Bay residents who served their country in the armed forces.

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May 02, 2012 | 07:57 AM
WILLIAMS BAY — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2373 is looking for names of village residents who served in this nation's foreign wars.

The post is also looking for some folks who want to buy bricks.

The post plans to build a monument in Edgewater Park to the Williams Bay residents who served when this country needed them most. Members hope to have a groundbreaking and start construction around Memorial Day, said Post Commander Don Weyhrauch.

The new monument will be located at the site of the existing memorial stone at the base of the flag pole at Edgewater.

The memorial will have three stellas, or stones, with the names of veterans since at least World War I inscribed on them. Some veterans from earlier wars may also be on the monument. The stellas will be surrounded by a walk of paving bricks.

At 6:30 p.m., Friday, the post will have a meeting at the Lions Fieldhouse where they will officially begin offering paving bricks for sale. Purchasers will be able to inscribe memorials on the bricks they buy, Weyhrauch said.

A 4-by-8 inch paver with three lines of 14 characters each will cost $60, and an 8-by-8 inch paver with six lines of 14 characters each will cost $90.

Weyhrauch said that for every paving brick sold, the post will be able to buy two. He said the post hopes to sell 100 of the memorial bricks to start out.

The cost of the memorial will be paid entirely through donations, Weyhrauch said.

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"We need all the help we can get," he said.

Originally, the cost of the memorial was estimated at $10,000, but the cost has come down over the past year, Weyhrauch said.

The new wall is inspired by an earlier wall.

A whitewashed wooden wall, put up shortly after World War II, also stood in Edgewater Park.

It bore the names of all those who served in World War II and some who served in the World War I.

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The wooden wall fell to time, wear and tear and lack of adequate repair.

Those wishing to make donations can mail checks to the Williams Bay VFW, PO Box 964, Williams Bay, 53191.

Donors can also go to Mid America Bank 111 Elkhorn Road (Highway 67), Williams Bay, and make a donation in care of the VFW Memorial Wall.

For more information, call Ron Schmidt at (262) 723-3009.

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