Milwaukee County War Memorial

Now, That Was a Summer Fest!

VetFest 2017

This past summer Milwaukee’s world-renowned music festival Summerfest, celebrated its 50th anniversary. The War Memorial staff thought it was about time we celebrated those who made Summerfest and all the ethnic festivals possible — our veterans.

So, on Friday, August 25th, the War Memorial held its 1st Annual VetFest. I think the event could best be described as “Summerfest-lite” with a heavy dose of veterans. We had a band, Boomer Nation, various food stands (special shout-out to Troop Café), beverage tent, and lots of reminders that we were definitely in America. The scenery was breath taking, the weather was great and a good time was had by all.

Author Meg Jones gave a presentation about her book World War II Milwaukee. She was part entertainer and part educator but all agreed she told us a lot about our city that none of us knew.
Joe Campbell and Mark Fox gave their presentation about the World Trade Center iron beam on display in the War Memorial and how it got here. They were terrific and their audience asked lots of question. No, we have not forgotten 9/11.

I want to thank our staff and our sponsors for making this first step possible. Having full faith in our team to make things happen I can say with great confidence that you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Watch for VetFest II in August 2018. It is free and you don’t have to be a vet to join us.

Birthdays to Remember …

On September 9, 1776, the United States was born. Really? Not July 4th? Well, technically it was July 4th but we were going by the name “United Colonies” at that time. It was on September 9 that the Continental Congress changed the name to the “United States.” Editors note: There are no plans for a fireworks show on that date.

Happy 70th birthday to the United States Air Force. Formerly known as the Army Air Corps, on September 18, 1947, it was granted a separate service status. The WMC plans to create a tribute to Air Force General Billy Mitchell, a Milwaukeean, who played a major role in the development of air planes in war.

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