Second Opinion Magazine
Veteran Memorials Throughout the Chippewa Valley
As Americans we owe a great debt to the men and women who have served our country. At Johnson Monument, we believe it is important to help local communities and individual families honor and memorialize our area veterans. Since 1917, Johnson Monument has completed dozens of civic projects to do just that, and several of these memorial parks can be found within just 60 minutes of Chippewa Falls.
Ridgeland Veterans Memorial, located on the north side of Ridgeland along Hwy 25 and Cty Rd AA, was completed in 2020 with the help of the Ridgeland America Legion Auxiliary Unit. Three large, jet-black granite tablets respectively display bronze medallions for each branch of the military, a sandblasted American flag, and a sandblasted Purple Heart. Several granite benches line the memorial and two walls also stand to commemorate area individuals who served in the military.
The multifaceted Bloomer Veterans Memorial, along HWY 40 on the north side of Bloomer, was commissioned by the Bloomer Visitor Center and Veterans Committee and completed in 2006. Five jet-black granite tablets, each eight feet long by five feet tall and set on matching granite bases, are engraved with veterans' names and conflicts. In the center of the memorial is a six-sided structure with the names and conflicts of the veterans captured, missing, or killed in action. This is topped with the bronze "Fallen Soldier" rifle and helmet sculpture. Three curved-seat benches face the POW * MIA * KIA monument and more engraved benches can be found throughout the memorial. Additionally, over 1800 granite pavers cover the floor of this tribute.
The Citizen Soldier Monument, along HWY 29 and HWY 27 in Cadott, is a great addition to the Cadott Veterans Tribute. This monument was created to honor the Citizen Soldiers who showed courage and strength on 9/11, including all of the firefighters, EMT's, police officers, nurses, doctors, and anyone who came to the aid of those in need. Spanning over 14 feet long and 10 feet high, each side of this massive monument is hand-etched with scenes from some of 9/11's most poignant moments. Topping the monument is an eternal flame that burns 365 days a year.
Johnson Monument takes pride in our communities and our neighbors. It is an honor to be able to create civic memorials--like those in Ridgeland, Bloomer, and Cadott--in order to recognize the service of our veterans. We have many ways we can work with individual families to commemorate a loved one’s service to our country. At Johnson Monument, we don't write your story, we help future generations remember your story.