The Highground to Host Veterans Weekend

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Veterans Weekend 2017

Explore – On July 13-15, The Highground Veterans Memorial Park near Neillsville and Wilderness Adventures on Wheels near Willard will host a Veterans Weekend to offer veterans a chance to have fun, great food and enjoy activities such as archery, fishing, an afternoon at Trinity Equestrian and much more while in the company of fellow veterans.

Skip Klabon (Marine Vietnam Veteran) cooking the Saturday night supper at WAW in 2017

The Veterans Weekend is open to any male veteran of any age and service history. (A Veterans Weekend for female veterans is being planned for the future)  The Veterans Weekend Retreat is free for veterans because of these generous sponsors: Central WI Broadcasting (WCCN / WPKG), Ho Chunk Gaming Black River Falls, VVA #331, Phaneuf-Vanasse Am. Leg #111, Fred & Kim Berg, VFW #7308 – Aux and Rider’s Group, Hardee’s, Thrivent Financial, Skip & Debbie Klabon, All Season’s Sports & Archery LLC,  Wisconsin Adventures on Wheels and The Heartbeat Center.

Activities that the veterans will be able to take part in include: archery at All Seasons Sports & Archery; Mead Lake fishing trip; UH-1H Huey helicopter presentation;  woodcarving exhibition by Henry Smith; art and writing with The Heartbeat Center; and more!  Joining The Highground in coordinating the retreat is military veteran and Franciscan retreat leader Fr. Conrad Targonski (22 yrs. service with US Navy and US Marine Corp including 7th Marine Regiment as supervisory chaplain in Operation Phantom Fury, Fallujah, Iraq 2004-2005.; currently chaplain at Viterbo University) The Vet Center will be joining the retreat with information on many issues regarding PTSD; veteran’s health; housing and financial information.

In addition to the many available activities to join, there will be lots of great food, nightly bonfires, music, relaxation and camaraderie with fellow veterans.  The main location and “base” of the weekend will be at the Wisconsin Adventures on Wheels outdoor lodge near Willard, WI. (15 minutes North of the Highground). Veterans may stay free of charge at the Wisconsin Adventures on Wheels bunkhouse and also at the on-site wooded area campground.  The modern campground accommodates both tents and campers and has electric hook-ups. All facilities and activities during the Veterans Weekend are fully handicapped accessible.

The Veterans Weekend Retreat is free for veterans because of these generous sponsors: Central WI Broadcasting (WCCN / WPKG), Ho Chunk Gaming Black River Falls, VVA #331, Phaneuf-Vanasse Am. Leg #111, Fred 7 Kim Berg, VFW #7308 – Aux and Rider’s Group, Hardee’s, Thrivent Financial, Skip & Debbie Klabon, All Season’s Sports & Archery LLC,  Wisconsin Adventures on Wheels and The Heartbeat Center.

The Veterans Weekend Retreat will begin Friday at 2pm at Wisconsin Adventures on Wheels and will continue through Sunday early afternoon, concluding at The Highground.  Veterans are invited to stay throughout the entire weekend, but arrangements can be made to attend for a part of the weekend.  Registration is required.  To register and for a detailed itinerary of events, contact Theresa at The Highground at 715-743-4224, events@thehighground.us.  Or, go to www.thehighground.us.

     173900 – Skip Klabon (Marine Vietnam Veteran) cooking the Saturday night supper at WAW in 2017