The Tomah Veterans Memorial was the idea of several area veterans who noted that Tomah does not have a veterans memorial, even though several surrounding communities do. With a strong military heritage in the area, the logical choice was to pursue the construction of a local memorial. A group of core veterans formed a key steering committee and the Tomah Area Veterans Memorial Campaign was publicly announced. In June 2008, the Campaign announced a design contest with a few specific requirements: The design must incorporate the area s natural surroundings; it must be an accurate symbolic representation of Tomah s veterans; any trees that will be removed must be replaced 2 for 1 in the design; and all designs must incorporate the sale of memorial bricks. After several months, a design and site were chosen for the future memorial. Phase 1 of the Memorial was completed in August of 2011, with the dedication ceremony on September 10, 2011. More than 1,000 people attended the dedication ceremony, which included a fly-over by the 115th Fighter Wing out of Madison. Phase 2 was completed in the spring of 2012, with the addition of two new "pier" structures for additional bricks and tiles. Tiles and bricks will be added at a minimum of twice a year. Phase 3 will begin sometime in 2013 with the possible addition of sidewalks and individual service memorials for each branch of service. Plans are currently being worked on for that phase. The purpose of the Memorial is to pay tribute to all Tomah area veterans who have served our great country, with some paying the ultimate sacrifice. A special memorial stone specifically lists those who have been killed in action. The Tomah Area Veterans Memorial is located in newly renamed Memorial Park at 515 N. Superior Avenue (US Highway 12), just north of downtown Tomah. The site was already home to a WWII vintage U.S. Army M4A4 Sherman Tank and was the logical site choice.