Yellow ribbons abound for Sept. 22 welcome home events



The yellow ribbons are everywhere. All veterans heading to The Highground this weekend should know they’ve been welcomed home.
In the culmination of a months-long effort to not only recognize the 30th anniversary of the veterans memorial park west of Neillsville but to provide a long-overdue welcome home to veterans of the Vietnam War and other conflicts, communities throughout the area have turned their Main Streets yellow with thousands of ribbons tied to walls, street posts, trees and fences. “No matter which direction they come from,” reads a publicity release from The Highground, “they will be driving through yellow ribbon-lined corridors.”
All ribbons, tied by volunteers from various groups in Clark County, will be a colorful highlight to the events planned for Saturday, Sept. 22. On that day, a large parade through Neillsville will welcome all veterans, and events at The Highground will be ongoing throughout the day to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the veterans memorial park, and specifically “Fragments,” the bronze sculpture honoring Vietnam veterans that was the park’s first major tribute.

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