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There is a special place in Wisconsin to honor military veterans. The Highground in Neillsville is the only veterans memorial in the country open round the clock, every day.

The volunteer general manager at The Highground is Kirk Rodman.


For his efforts in organizing volunteers, he is honored with a Jefferson Award.


"We are open 24/7. You can come out here at two in the morning and there are people out at the point. This is a phenomenal place," Rodman said.


The Highground, on a scenic overlook, features tributes honoring those who were killed while serving their country and the sacrifices of all those who served.


"The Highground is the only manned veterans park in the United States. Our mission is to teach and heal and you can't do that unless you have people here who are qualified to talk to people," Rodman said.


According to Rodman, The Highground gets about 120,000 vistors each year.


Rodman is leading a campaign to raise money to build some new memorials.


One, called The Bootprint, is a tribute to Gulf War veterans, Rodman said. The other is to be named Working Dogs of the Military.


More about The Highground is available at: www.thehighground.org

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