WWI Memorial Dedicated in Baraboo

WWI Memorial Dedicated in Baraboo

BARABOO, Wis. - A memorial of a World War I battle is now in place in Sauk County. A special ceremony was held this Veteran's Day weekend. After a lot of hard work and determination, the memorial was officially dedicated Saturday.

It was 3.5 years in the making, taking $90-thousand of funding to complete. Now you'll find it at Lower Ochsner Park in Baraboo. Baraboo High School history teacher Steve Argo and the Baraboo 21 Club worked to create the memorial, honoring both those who died and those who returned to serve in the community.

News 3 first introduced you to artist Homer Daehn earlier this summer. He sculpted the memorial out of clay, honoring the 200 soldiers who died on the ship heading to Europe that was sunk by a German torpedo in 1918. He says his work on the memorial was the least he could do to say thank you.

After the clay memorial was bronzed at a foundry in Illinois, Daehn applied a wooden backing and mounted it on a stone wall at the park.

The memorial was built to withstand all of the weather we experience here in Wisconsin. The sculpture will be lit at night so it's always visible to those wanting to honor those who served for us.

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the war's end.

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