Woodman Veterans Memorial effort gets going

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Construction of the Woodman Area Veterans Memorial began recently in Woodman. The memorial will honor all of the area men and women who served and are serving in the U.S. military. This unique memorial also points out the unique diversities as “One Nation, Under God,” the country strives to preserve freedom and equality throughout the globe.

The statue was inspired by the only Civil War veteran from the Woodman area laid to rest in the Woodman Cemetery: Chauncy Bangs. On the four sides of the statue base, four different stories about military history will be told.

The front side tablet thanks all of the Woodman area service men and women for their service and recognizes Chauncy Bangs as the inspiration for the statue. 

The second side recognizes Native Americans who have served in the military and briefly describes the historic significance of the “Code Talkers.”

The third side talks about “The Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment,” the nation’s first all black unit who sacrificed themselves for equality during the Civil War, and others of color serving in the military.

The fourth side describes the important role that women have played in the military and how it has changed through the years.

This project is set for completion before the end of May 2019 and all donations—physical and financial—are truly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, please make it payable to the village of Woodman and memo it “Woodman Veterans Memorial.” If you would like to assist in any way with fundraisers, or construction, call (608) 988-7446.

A committee is also looking for help in listing and identifying all the Woodman area veterans who have ever had a Woodman address for two years or more. Names should be emailed to roddydull@

yahoo.com, mailed to the Woodman village office or messaged to the Woodman area Veterans Memorial Facebook page. 

Thanks to a generous donation from Boscobel Ready Mix, construction of the project is already underway.

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