Herb Westlund, right, of the Peplin VFW 8280 presented a $500 check for the Gold Star Mothers statue in Rothschild’s Veterans Memorial Park to Paul Gwidt, Commander of the American Legion Post 492, Rothschild. Photo courtesy Mike Heilmann.

On Dec. 11, Herb Westlund of the Peplin VFW 8280 presented a $500 check for the Gold Star Mothers statue in Rothschild’s Veterans Memorial Park to Paul Gwidt, Commander of the American Legion Post 492, Rothschild, at the Veterans Weekly Cup of Coffee group meeting at Denny’s restaurant.

The Legion Post 492 is in the final stage of completing the park with the bronze life-size statue of a mother grasping the dreaded Western Union telegram in her hand. This memorial will be the first of its kind in Wisconsin. For more information about the memorial or to support this project, visit the Veterans Memorial Rothschild Wisconsin Facebook page or contact Vice Commander Lee Gajewski at gajewski@mtc.net.

The Veterans Weekly Cup of Coffee group meets ever Wednesdays at Denny’s in Rothschild from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All veterans of any age or era are welcome. The group provides support for each other and information of interest to veterans. For more information, contact Mike Heilmann at mikeheil123@gmail.com or 715-846-0166.

Photo courtesy Mike Heilmann.