It’s a coincidence, but rather fitting that the Veterans Memorial Park monument to the nation’s veterans is nearing completion on the anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Andy Goretski of Tomahawk’s Custom Murals and a couple buddies, Dave Petri of Green Bay and Dale Knaak of Sheboygan, have nearly completed painting the reverse side of the veterans memorial that welcomes people to the popular park located at Jack Lake.
“Veterans created areas like Jack Lake,” Tom Lazers, the caretaker of the park, said. “It’s fitting that the monument celebrates what they have done for our nation.”
Goretski painted the original mural, financed by a donation by Ed and Martha Stasek, and brought his friends, members of an informal painting group known as the wall dogs” to help this time around.
They have crafted a true tribute, including a scenic vista of the actual park, complete with an eagle, campers and picnickers, along with scenes reminiscent of World War II.
Also included are gold squares waiting to contain memorials to friends, family or others along with spaces along the sides of the monument for plaques honoring veterans.
Lazers said the squares and plaques will be sold for $20 and $100 each to help finance the cost of the completed monuments. He said a fund-raising campaign will start soon.
“I think it’s going to go rather well,” he said of the project. “People always comment on the uniqueness of the memorial. And Langlade county doesn’t have any other place like this to honor individual veterans.”