Soldiers Walk Memorial Honors and Remembers Our Heroes

We’ve put away the pumpkins and scarecrows, which means it must be time for Thanksgiving. Right?

Not so fast.

Before we indulge in the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas rituals, let’s take a moment on November 11th to observe Veterans Day. More than just a day off, Veterans Day is set aside to honor and thank the men and women of the US Armed Forces.

American soldier silhouette on the american flag

Originally labeled Armistice Day to honor those who served in World War I, the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors the fallen, Veterans Day celebrates and thanks all men and women, whether active or retired, who served our country during war or peace time.

George Washington Statue at Soldiers Walk

At Ashley, honoring homegrown heroes is so important to us that our founder, Ron Wanek, donated his talents and resources to build the Soldiers Walk Memorial Park in Arcadia, WI. Millions of dollars and thousands of man hours helped create the 54-acre park that features a stunning half-mile journey through America’s military history.

Park filled with statues of war veterans and heroes.

The crown jewel of the park is the “Avenue of Heroes”, a concrete ribbon lined with 28 statues or monuments. Some are masterfully crafted renditions of famous memorials, all designed and/or sculpted by Mr. Wanek himself, that pay homage to US military leaders and the service men and women who followed them into battle.

Statue of young boys who fought in war.

The journey through America’s military past begins with the Revolutionary War and touches on all of the country’s wars and military conflicts. Each work of art is a tribute to bravery, service, and sacrifice.

Soldier sending condolences to a fallen soldier during wreaths across america

In December, Soldiers Walk became an official Wreaths Across America location. Ashley helped transport wreaths from Maine to various points throughout the US before ending the journey in Arcadia for the first wreath-laying ceremony at the park.

The Soldiers Walk is a memorial for the fallen and those who never returned. It’s a thank you to those who’ve served and are still serving today. And it’s a living history that can help shape the leaders of tomorrow.

For more information about Soldier’s Walk, visit their website: http://www.soldierswalkmemorialpark.com/