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Independence Day Celebration for veterans

Independence Day Celebration for veterans

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by Elizabeth Fay

NEILSVILLE (WAOW)--Dozens of people celebrated Independence day at The Wisconsin's Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, better known as The Highground.

They gathered at the grounds in Neilsville for a ceremony to celebrate our independence and the people who protect our country.

The ceremony included a talking circle where everyone passes around a bottle full of pieces of the Earth from the last time organizers laid legacy stones.

"We pass this from person to person when we have our talking circle. We ask them to touch the Earth and leave part of their spirit here and take part of our spirit with them," explains the Highground Volunteer General Manager, Kirk Rodman.

Organizers read 108 names of soldiers aloud. That's the number of soldiers from Wisconsin who died in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Online Reporter: Elizabeth Fay

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