BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - Along Highway 29 headed toward Kewaunee there is a large white monument rising high above the corn fields.
Local 5s' Millaine Wells found out it is one families tribute to 9/11 and it is drawing a lot of attention.
"They all want to know what it was and what were those big things standing up" says DVM Samuel Vainisi, owner of Animal Eye Clinic.
For the past year drivers on Highway 29 have seen this new landmark, inspired by the Brown County Veteran's Memorial.
"With the help of a local welder and flag pole maker we put this project together" explains Vainisi.
Vainisi and his wife are animal eye doctors.
Their passion for pets is clear, with a herd of deer, horses, dogs, cats and chickens.
"I can remember my first little puppy was a little Pomeranian" says Vainisi with a smile.
The couple has a large pet cemetery, but it was always missing something.
"I wanted to have a flag pole, but I just never got around to it" he explains.
When a windmill on property needed replacing inspiration struck. Vainisi took the 30 foot tall blades to build a monument. Each weighs 600 pounds and is anchored in several feet of concrete.
To complete the tribute Doctor Vainisi added pictures of rescue dogs from 9/11.
"Unfortunately there was a number of animals that died just like fireman" says the animal lover.
The dogs were heroes, breathing in the same dirt and debris that plagued so many rescuers.
Canines searched day and night for survivors, offering a warm hug to men and women needing comfort.
Something this monument now provides thousands of miles from New York.
"When we have patients, and they wait they'll come and sit here" says Vainisi. "Just a very relaxing place to be".
A way to honor more than 300 dogs who proved on 9/11 they are indeed man's best friend.
"The bond between animals and people is just unbelievable" says Vainisi.
The couple also goes the extra mile for local service animals, offering free eye exams each May.