The foundation has created a plan to build a proper tribute in the Chippewa Valley where flag holidays could be celebrated and honored. The park will be a place for reflection, a place that enforces the sentiment of community, and a place where history is preserved. The park will:
HONOR those that have served in the military to protect our freedoms
EDUCATE the younger generation of the sacrifices made by those that came before them
REMEMBER the comrades they lost in battle and share the stories of victories and loss
Veterans Tribute Mall
A large star with the Eau Claire county seal will be in the center with granite benches, military flags, and sentinel statues around the perimeter. A Hometown Heros Wall will list major donors with a platinum, gold, silver, or bronze star designating the sponsorship level.
Veterans Legacy Stones
Legacy Stones will be permanently placed to the west of the mall. Veteran stones will be in gray granite and Killed-in-Action stones will be in red granite. This area will also contain the Returning Home and Gold Star Families sculptures.
Veterans Tribute Trail
The trail will tell the story of local participation in America's involvement in times of war. The trail begins with an eagle monument of Old Abe, the real life iconic mascot who went into battle during the American Civil War with the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Today, a replica of Old Abe sits atop Memorial High School and is the nickname and mascot of the school. The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Screaming Eagle insigna commemorates this most famous animal mascot that ever served in the United States Army.
The United States has been involved in many different types of military conflicts over its history as a nation. Given the space constraints, the trail will concentrate on the following conflicts.
- Civil War (1861-1865)
- Spanish American War (1898)
- Philippines War (1899-1902)
- World War I (1917-1918)
- World War II (1941-1945)
- Cold War (1944-1994)
- Korean War (1950-1953)
- Vietnam War (1961-1973)
- Persian Gulf War (1990-1991)
- Iraq War (2003-2011)
- Afghanistan War (2001-2017, Ongoing)