Women Veteran Leaders: Continuing to Serve

March 10 2021

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join the War Memorial Center, in partnership with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center’s mental health team, for our “Continuing to Serve” panel in support of Operation 30:20.
The panel will feature four female veterans, discussing their transition to civilian life and how the military influenced their paths to leadership.

The panelists:
• Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson, U.S. Army Reserve, 1975-2016. In 2008, Anderson became the highest-ranking African American woman in the Army when she was promoted to brigadier general. In 2011, she became the first African American woman to receive two stars as a major general in the Army. Anderson retired from the military in 2016 as deputy chief of the Army Reserve.

• Mary M. Kolar, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Navy, 1980-2008. Kolar served on active duty for 28 years, retiring as a captain (O-6). During her military career, she served in various command and staff positions across the nation, spending much of her time recruiting, training, educating and leading sailors.

• Dr. Berdie Cowser, U.S. Army Reserve, 1993-2009. Cowser completed her advanced individual training at Fort Lee in Virginia. After earning her first degree, she was commissioned as a second lieutenant and completed her Quartermaster Officer Basic Course in 2000. Cowser now serves as the Vice President of Housing and Development at the Center for Veterans Issues.

• Bonnie P. Freudinger, U.S. Air Force, 1987-2009. Freudinger has 22 years of military service in aircraft maintenance, including six years active duty, four years civil service as an Air Reserve technician (drilling reservist and full-time civilian supporting same aircraft) and 12 years as a drilling reservist. She has been deployed around the world. She is now a biomedical engineer, designing, fabricating and repairing medical research equipment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The moderator will be Dona Drew, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and current staff member of the Milwaukee VA Medical Center’s Southeastern Wisconsin Task Force on Veteran Suicide Prevention.


Field of Flags

May 29 – 31 2021

Help us with one of our signature community events! We and hundreds of volunteers will create a majestic field of flags at the War Memorial Center. In 2020, we planted 2,972 flags representing every brave Milwaukee service member who gave his or her life defending our country during World War II.
Going from the greatest generation to the latest generation, in 2021 we will plant 7,056 flags to honor every brave United States service member who gave his or her life since 9/11.
The completed garden is a breathtaking tribute and a powerful message of community support for these fallen heroes that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.

Check back for volunteer opportunities.



September 24 – 26 2021

Save the date for Oktoberfest on the plaza.

Check back for more information and ticket options.

We can't wait to see you at the lake!


Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

(414) 273-5533
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