Military Honor Circle Dedicated in Ellison Bay

Nearly 300 people turned out to help dedicate a new Military Honor Circle on the grounds of the Liberty Grove Historical Society (LGHS) Campus July 8.

According to the LGHS, the memorial is the first in Door County to honor individual military personnel, both active-duty and veterans of every era.

The circle features more than 100 brick pavers with the names of servicemen and women, with space available for families and friends to purchase many more to honor local veterans.

The memorial got its start in 2014 when the family of the late Bruce Hanson donated funds for a memorial. Hanson was an Ellison Bay native and U.S. Navy veteran who served in Vietnam. The board of the LGHS decided to do something bigger, replacing the old wooden flagpole and adding pillars representing each branch of the armed forces circling brick pavers honoring veterans and active-duty personnel.

The LGHS campus is located at the top of the Ellison Bay Hill and includes 13 acres adjacent to the Door County Land Trust’s Grand View property.

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