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Students to help place flags to remember fallen soldiers

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) -- Memorial Day salutes to our veterans get off to an early start on Friday in Wisconsin Rapids.

Nancy Quick is a member of the Wood County Veterans Memorial committee, and says Friday’s event will feature flags symbolizing every man and women from Wood County lost to war.

According to Quick, “Students from (Wisconsin Rapids) East High School will place 414 flags on the courthouse lawn. Each flag represents a member of the military who died in a war, or as the result of a war.” Quick says 24 legacy stones will be laid for veterans of both World Wars I & II, Korea, and Vietnam; and there’ll be a new name added to the memorial wall, “Our memorial goes back to the Civil War, and we’re adding one more name this time. Ronald Huser died as a result of Agent Orange from Vietnam.”

That dedication starts at 11:00 a.m. Friday in front of the Wood County Courthouse in Rapids, and features the Marshfield Columbus High School Band, color guards, rifle salutes, and featured speaker Jim Reigel, past commander of the Wisconsin American Legion.

Organizers suggest the public arrives early to find parking due to road construction in the area.