The Highground opens new Native American World War II exhibit
By Rob Duns, Meteorologist, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) -
The First Warrior Experience, an exhibit depicting the stories of Native American World War II veterans has opened at The Highground, Wisconsin's Veterans Memorial Park, W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville, Wis.
At an opening ceremony on Jan. 16th, members of the Ho-Chunk nation dedicated the exhibit playing drums and traditional songs.
The display uses vivid black and white photographs to document U.S. servicemen and women's accounts from several Native American nations.
The accounts include the story of Victor Coochwytewa of the Hopi nation.
His display quotes Coochwytewa as saying "I am always praying. Sometimes you just have to do and go, even if it was against all you knew."
Serving as a nurse, Rose Blue Thunder of the Sioux nation is remembered as saying "My message to all of you is god bless America, land of the free, and the brave, the brave."
The exhibit is open and on display through February at The Highground, Wisconsin's Veterans Memorial Park.