WHY THIS SIGN IS DIFFERENT. Most Wisconsin state highway markers provide a highway number and no other decoration.

The 32nd Division is now a National Guard Unit, and it receives kudos from unit veterans of earlier wars.

The red arrow was worn on their shoulder in battle, and now it's worn on the hats and lapels of the veterans of the famed 32nd Infantry "Red Arrow" Division.

It signifies loss, sacrifice and pride — the loss of soldiers on battlefields in Europe and the South Pacific, the sacrifice of Wisconsin and Michigan National Guardsmen who left their homes, jobs and schools to fight, and the pride that comes with serving in a unit the French nicknamed for piercing German battle lines during World War I.

The entire unit will be shipping out to Iraq. We wish them well, and a safe return.

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