Good morning:

Today, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, highlighted recent progress made on the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home Historic District in an opinion piece published in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (see below).

The piece also highlighted the upcoming celebration hosted by the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center to unveil the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home National Historic Landmark District plaque. For more information and to RSVP to attend the event, please click here


Genell Scheurell
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Dawn McCarthy
Milwaukee Preservation Alliance


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 19, 2013

Celebrate our Soldiers Home
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.


Click here to read more.