By Gwen Moore and Stephanie Meeks
Just west of Miller Park, on the grounds of the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, lies a series of historic, ornate buildings known as the Milwaukee Soldiers Home. These buildings once welcomed home veterans of the Civil War and, in the ensuing decades, have allowed generations of our soldiers to heal and adjust as they returned to their pre-war lives.
The Soldiers Home has served our veterans for more than a century, and its historic significance cannot be overlooked.
In recognition of this significance, last summer, the Soldiers Home was designated a National Historic Landmark. The distinction is the highest level of recognition a site can receive and puts the Milwaukee Soldiers Home in the company of just 41 National Historic Landmarks in Wisconsin and fewer than 2,500 across the nation.
While most area residents have seen these buildings while tailgating at the stadium or driving on I-94, many people have not had the opportunity to experience up close the grandeur of the Soldiers Home. Along with Veterans Affairs, we would like to invite community members to attend the official unveiling of the National Historic Landmark plaque on April 26 and help celebrate this important milestone.
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