Field of Honor

The Field of Honor is a lasting tribute to those men and women who have served our country in war and peace. Those who survived were forever changed. Those who died were forever young in their loved one’s memories.

There are several beautiful gardens throughout the park, including the Freedom Steps garden by the Karner Blue Butterfly Garden Club. Created from old stone ballpark bleachers, the Freedom Steps feature a lovely tiered garden. The Karner Blue Butterfly Garden Club continues to beautify our downtown and city with gorgeous hanging flower baskets on Main Street.

Historical Markers

Cpl. Mitchell RedCloud Jr.
(US Marine Corps & US Army)

Inscription: Mitchell RedCloud, Jr. was born on July 2, 1924 near Hatfield, Jackson County, Wisconsin to Mitchell and Nellie RedCloud.

During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps from 1941 to 1945. At the age of 16 he served with the Carlson Raiders in the Pacific. In 1948 he enlisted in the Army and was serving during the Korean War when he was killed in action on Nov. 5, 1950. He is buried in the Decorah Cemetery near Black River Falls, Wi.

Mitchell RedCloud, Jr. received nine medals for his service in World War II and the Korean War. One of those medals, the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor the United States of America awards to individuals, was awarded to him posthumously for his heroic actions during hostile fire. Even though he was mortally wounded, RedCloud repeatedly returned fire and thereby distracted the enemy. His courageous action saved the lives of many members of his unit.

Erected: 2003

Field of Honor

Inscription: This Field of Honor is a Memorial as a lasting tribute to those men and women who have served our country in war and peace. Those who survived were forever changed. Those who died were forever young in their loved ones’ memories.

Major Donors

American Legion Post 200 • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1959 • Jackson County Bank • Lunda Charitable Trust • BRFFoundation • Krohn Clinic • Milt & Lydia Lunda • Chamber of Commerce • Co-op Credit Union • BRFLions Club • BRF Rotary Club • David & Marilyn Hoffman • Peter & Jone Hoffman

Architect: Curtis L. Biggar