Written by Virgil McDill, Associate Director, Public Affairs
As we celebrate Memorial Day, our thoughts turn to our veterans and to the historic places that were built to honor and serve them. And when it comes to buildings that provide services to the women and men of our armed forces, few are as historic, grand, and just plain awe-inspiring as Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home.
Originally built at the behest of President Lincoln, the Soldiers’ Home has been an oasis and a place of healing and recuperation for veterans of every American conflict since the Civil War. Though these buildings have been profoundly important to members of the armed forces and their families for several generations, many other people know them only as impressive buildings towering in the distance as they drive on Interstate 94 or attend a Brewers game at nearby Miller Park.
To help more people understand the large number of people positively affected by the Soldiers Home over the years, the National Trust and our coalition partners launched an online campaign to collect stories, photos, and other remembrances of the Soldiers Home. Dubbed #MySoldiersHome, this effort has already captured several testimonials from veterans relating their experiences while at the Soldiers’ Home, profoundly demonstrating the impact this place has had -- and continues to have -- on veterans and their families.
If you have a story about the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home, we encourage you to share it with us. And to all those who serve on behalf of our country, Happy Memorial Day from the National Trust.