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WWII monument dedicated at La Crosse veterans’ park



A north La Crosse park which honors veterans has added a new memorial.

A monument to vets from World War II has been dedicated at Veterans Freedom Park.

La Crosse’s Hauser family provided funding for the new memorial. Five Hauser brothers served in WWII, including the father of Navy veteran Rick Hauser, who spoke at the ceremony about the many U.S. citizens, who joined the war effort.

“From all over the country, they came,” Hauser said. “Southerners and northerners, cowboys, city boys, farm boys. And yeah, ‘river rats.’”

A partly completed statue of a World War II soldier, currently without arms, was on display at the memorial site. It sits near monuments to the Korean War and World War I. The statue may be finished within a few weeks.

The ceremony reminded Veterans Freedom Park organizer Louie Ferris, a Korean War vet, of when he went on a Freedom Honor Flight.

“The thing I enjoyed the most was being with people my age, the camaraderie,” Ferris said. “They were such good people … the country was united, and we all got together, and we fought for them, good cause.”

During Thursday’s event, U.S. Congressman Ron Kind of La Crosse presented Ferris with a U.S. flag that had flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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