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About The War Memorial

The War Memorial Center is Wisconsin’s most visible memorial to all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Services, and is committed to furthering a single, solemn mission:

“Honor the Dead. Serve the Living.”

Honoring The Fallen

Dedicated on Veterans Day 1957 and designated a Milwaukee Landmark in 1974, The War Memorial Center is the stunning architectural achievement of renowned Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, whose work also included the St. Louis Gateway Arch, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. Most importantly, Saarinen’s design and the memorials throughout the facility stand as a lasting testament to those who lost their lives defending the freedoms that we all cherish.

Serving the Living

In addition to standing as a testament to those whose made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, the War Memorial Center is a hub for veteran activities. We work to ensure each veteran knows their service is appreciated as we inspire patriotism in our youth and honor the 3,481 men and women from Milwaukee County who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We provide over $120,000 in services each year to veterans and veteran service organizations.

Get Social With Us

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Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report

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2016 Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report

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2014 Annual Report

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History

The War Memorial Center was born out of the collective vision of the Zonta, Altrusa, Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Milwaukee Civic Alliance to create a fitting memorial to honor the War Dead of WWII. Our mission remains, “To Honor the Dead by Serving the Living.”

Inspired by their vision, fundraising began and the community pooled its resources. The building was dedicated on Veterans Day 1957 as a testament to the men and women who served our nation when called.

Board of Trustees

Board Officers

Peter P. Pochowski
Chairman
COL, USA, Retired

Michael N. Pierce
Vice-Chairman
Colonel USAF, Retired

Toni Holland
Secretary
Charter Communications

Michael C. Gibson
Treasurer
J H Findorff & Son

Board Directors

Bob Bolz
Veterans Board of Directors

Joe Dean

MACC Fund

Bert Garvin
WEC Energy Group

George J. Gaspar
Retired

Charles A. Gordon
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Michael W. Grebe
Lynde & Harry Bradley
Foundation, Retired

Michael Koszuta
Command Sgt. Major (Ret.)
US Army

Ethan D. Lenz
Foley & Lardner LLP

Cream Pepito
Northwestern Mutual

John Weishan, Jr.
Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Past Board Chairmen

Will Ross
1950-1951

Philip K. Robinson
1951-1958

Richard J. White, Jr.
1958-1963

Joseph A. Greco
1964-1975

Charles C. Mulcahy
1976-1984

Thomas S. O’Byrne
1984-1988

Lester J. Dencker
1988-1989

Marshall R. Berkoff
1989-1994

Thomas A. Bailey
1994-2002

George J. Gaspar
2002-2013

Michael M. Berzowski
2013-2015

War Memorial Center Staff

David Drent
Executive Director

Laurie Kildegaard
Director of Finance

Vicki Chappell
Development Director

Jennifer Wallner
Events Manager

Mark Waldoch
Bookkeeper

Jenna Johnson
Administrative Asst.

Alex Drent
Maintenance

Randy Hahn
Maintenance

Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
(414) 273-5533