Clear Lake, Wisconsin All Veterans' Memorial: A Korean Commemorative Community
Received the 2000 - 2003 designated title of: A Korean Commemorative Community from our Department of Defense.



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School Visitations:
    Clear Lake  Veterans' Memorial  (CLVM) School Visitation  Program is very successful. This program features an annual visit by five area 5th, 6th or 7th  grade classes. Each visiting student  may be  asked to make a patriotic poster, write a poem or  construct some other patriotic project.

      These projects are later bound and displayed at neighboring nursing homes.   In late May each year nearly 400 children visit the Veterans' Memorial and PBO (Paulson Brothers Ordnance) with the later organization being responsible for giving a tour through their Cannon Factory and giving mini lectures about the Civil War. This year our nation is celebrating the 150 year Sesquicentennial of the Civil War from 1861 to 2011 (150 years).

     Respective schools  are  given the honor to select a classmate(s) to carry the "Wreath of Remembrance". Those students then place the wreath at the base of the  Black Cenotaph which has the names of 65 Clear Lake   men and women veterans. Everyone of those  brave troops  were from the Clear Lake area and they are a symbol of  sacrifice for our freedom.

     After each school's visitation, certificates and commemorative pens are awarded to each student. In  past years many  students have visited the "Guest Book" section of our web page. It is advisable to visit that section and view some of the student reactions. Each of those  schools (Amery, Clayton, Clear Lake, Glenwood City, Prairie Farm, and Turtle Lake) are planning to visit  the Memorial.

     Most importantly,  follow up visits  are made by members of the committee to  participating schools. At that time  students are   permitted to share experiences in small group situations which allow  them   to relate personal experiences with military veterans.

Visiting Schools*

Clayton TBA
Clear Lake TBA
Glenwood City TBA
Prairie Farm TBA
Amery TBA
Turtle Lake TBA
St Croix Falls TBA

* Other area schools requesting information contact

* All classes make a corresponding visit to PBO Cannon Factory where they can see one of the largest private Civil War Cannon Collections in the World. In addition Bernie and Bruce Paulson are Historians  with a vast knowledge of our   Civil War.  Students may bring cameras to take pictures at both the Memorial and PBO.  

Armed Forces Day  - May 15:

National Police Remembrance Day  - May 19:
     11am: All Fire Fighters, EMS, Police Officers, Ambulance Drivers, etc. will be honored. A Color guard and Rifle Squad will be present.

May 30, 2011:
      Gordon Johnson, WWII Veteran, was be buried at 2 pm at Clear Lake Cemetery. The service will be jointly conducted by Wisconsin 10th District American Legion Chaplain - Howie Nelson. This is a graveside service with the public invited. A special part of the service involves playing the new Carillons including the National Anthem and Taps.

Memorial Day - May 27, 2013:
     We will be honoring the 50th (1963) year that the Vietnam War started with a huge program this year.
     As usual a  large  crowd is expected at 11 pm. Among some of the events planned for that day is an "All Veterans' March", several  speakers, shared  patriotic music, participation  in a public wreath laying ceremony, music by the Clear lake High  School Band, candle ceremony, a salute by the  Clear Lake Color Guard,  taps rendered by a    live bugler and lastly the raising of our American Flag to full staff.   Most  visitors share their love of our country in an historic, memorable fashion. Memorial Day at the Clear Lake Veterans' Memorial is a time of year when Patriotism is practiced by all in attendance.

     At 3 pm the names of  all Wisconsin men and women veterans  KIA in Iraqi Freedom War will be read  before the Black Cenotaph. As each name is read, a bell  will be tolled  for their sacrifice.   Gone from this life but to be remembered forever. They are the substance from which heroes are born!

Flag Day - June 14:
     Roadside flag @ the Veterans' Memorial will be flown @ 1/2 staff until 6 P.M. New flags shall replace torn or tattered flags. 

     A special day of recognition for our American Flag by our   American Legion Post 108  which will have a flag burning ceremony at the town square beginning at 7 P.M.

      All citizens are encouraged to bring their tattered, torn, soiled  or worn out flags for a ceremony where flags are properly disposed of by burning.  All  responsible groups are invited to attend.

Independence Day - July 4th:
     Come and visit Historic Clear Lake Veterans' Memorial. Make special day to place a photo, flower, special item of remembrance for a veteran or just something Patriotic such as a miniature flag.

National POW - MIA Day (3d Friday in September):
     A Wreath and Candle Ceremony  will be  held at   the Clear Lake Veterans Memorial at 6 P.M. Remember to honor all POWs and  the nearly 90,000 MIAs.

Veterans' Day - November 11:
      Attend the annual Veterans Day Program at Clear Lake High School. At 1:30 and 3:00 P.M. attend programs sponsored by the Veterans' Memorial at Golden Age and Willow Ridge Nursing Homes in Amery.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - December 7:
Buy a Christmas wreath and place it on the grave of a Veteran or at the Veterans' Memorial. 

Directions to the Memorial:
     The memorial is accessible from U.S. Hwy 63 which passes through Clear Lake. Turn East on Veterans' Memorial Drive and it is 1/2 mile on the right. Visiting hours are 7 days a week and the memorial is lighted for evening viewing.   During the winter snow season, the surface is not cleaned to prevent possible surface damage.

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