World War I “deadliest battle ever with 26,000 U.S. soldiers killed” at Rommagne-Sous-Mont-Faucon, France was recently reported in the Wisconsin State Journal. One hundred ninety-one men from Waterloo served in that war between 1914-1918. Three local veterans died in France. Irwin Albrecht, George Blank, and Jackson Humphrey.

WW I veterans are listed on the Veterans Park Monument in Veterans Park, downtown Waterloo. This monument also lists World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. No Civil War veterans or future conflicts are listed.

This memorial has been in disarray with parts falling out and discoloration of the bricks. The park commission has declined to address the costly restoration.

A new Veterans Memorial is being planned at Oak Hill Cemetery to honor all through bricks with names and service printed on the brick. There will also be large attractive granite stones telling of the different wars. There will be benches to sit on to reflect on sacrifice, memories, and belief in serving our country in time of conflict. If one cannot afford the $100 per personalized brick, give what you can.

In 1918, the Memorial Circle was created in The Firemen’s Park. It was dedicated to those who died in WWI. It was designed in a circle with a beautiful pine tree in the middle, given in memory of George McBride by his family.

In 2018, those stones of WW I and those of WW II and of those that died in recent conflicts will be found at Oak Hill Cemetery Veterans Memorial. I personally support the new memorial with a contribution to remember three men of my family who served in the Civil War, WW II, and Korean War. Won’t you join me and support this memorable monument to all who served?

The Veterans of American Legion Post 233 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6614 have worked together to make this memorial happen. As in 1918, and now in 2018, we can do no less.

Contributions or questions can be sent to American Legion Post 233, N8661 Island Church Road, Waterloo, WI 53594 or contact Jim Larrabee.

Maureen Wolfgram Giese


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