This year, as Independence Day approaches, we’d like to draw your attention locally to Pewaukee’s own Bell Tower Memorial (powerful video below!).
The Bell Tower Memorial will be a symbol for encouraging our community to honor all veterans, pay tribute to special loved ones and to inspire learners of all ages through education, and to enhance the community with a gathering place for memorial celebrations and community events. It also features The Memory Garden, a place for quiet reflection with beautiful plantings and a walkway paved with inscribed bricks. People from around the world will come to enjoy this unique combination of tribute with the impressive sounds of carillon bell ringing.
The Tower stands for freedom and is symbolic of the foundation of our dynamic U.S. history. The three-story tower features exhibition and programming space with state of the art projection and sound equipment. Exhibits focusing on community service and recognition of veterans will inspire future generations to serve.
The Grounds symbolize peace, serenity and contemplation as well as accommodate family-friendly gatherings and celebrations. Decorative lighting will enhance the Bell Tower structure while illuminating the flag court consisting of Stars and Stripes, State of Wisconsin and POW/MIA flags on display.
Carillon by Verdin projects voices of our legacy throughout the centuries. A state of the art carillon system reproduces the sound of cast bronze tower bells and offers a wide repertoire of music to fit any theme. Whether patriotic for Fourth of July or Veteran’s Day, solemn for memorial services, or festive for happy times, the carillon will set the tone for every occasion.
The Good Stuff:
In partnership with St. John’s Military Academy, The Bell Tower Memorial completed a Veterans Oral History Project with local WWII and Korean War Veterans and Pewaukee High School students (including Colleen’s daughter, Kendall, who thoroughly enjoyed working with WWII Army Veteran John Bosch – pics below!). This pilot project paired high school students with local Veterans to document the many stories of bravery these service men and women endured while serving their country. The live interviews were recorded and submitted to the Library of Congress as part of a national oral history project.
It is so important that the legacies of our veterans, and these pieces of history do not get lost as time goes on. We should all remember where we’ve been to see clearly where we want to be in the future. We hope you have had (and have) the opportunity to hear some of our veterans speak about their experiences. There is nothing like it!
The veterans’ stories in this video from the Bell Tower Memorial Veteran Project will move you. We promise.
Tommy “T” Tradewell, Past National Commander Veterans of Foreign Wars: “Seldom in life do we get an opportunity to actually be part of an historic development like The Bell Tower Memorial. Every citizen and community minded business that wishes to honor and remember someone who has protected them now has the chance. Being a small part of this project has truly enhanced my life, and if you choose to support this project I am sure it will do the same for you.”
Inspiring Through Education
The Bell Tower Memorial will serve as a valuable storehouse of information about our state and country. Students of all ages can learn to understand and honor the ideal of serving one’s community and country. It’s a perfect opportunity to help the generations connect, as children come to understand what their parents, grandparents, family and friends experienced. Schools, civic organizations, local businesses, veterans’ organizations, and companies around the state can learn through the telling of their history and stories…