Milwaukee County War Memorial

Golf Outing Helps Fund POW/MIA Exhibit

On Sept. 9, 2017,  we held the 3rd Annual War Memorial/Stone Golf Outing at the Silver Spring Country Club. This year’s event was the largest yet, with 96 golfers participating. 100% of all proceeds will go to the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Exhibit that is being developed.

I want to thank all the golfers who participated and the many volunteers who worked behind-the — scenes doing the labor required to make this happen. I also want to thank my daughter Kristin and Shaun Leet, owners of The Stone, 2422 South Howell in Milwaukee, the sports bar that sponsored the event. Finally, the person who made all this happen is Laura Brushel who did all the organizing and who provided the leadership to her “army” of volunteers. Another great job Laura! A special shout-out to her husband Noah Brushel who ran the silent auction, like no one else can.

Each year we have gotten closer to making the POW/MIA exhibit a reality and I deeply appreciate all those who were involved. The families of those still missing or who are still POWs will like what we are doing to remember their loved ones and they will appreciate those who worked hard in their name. Thank you all!

Looking Back In Our History …

  • On Oct. 1, 1918, Army sergeant Alvin York killed 12 German soldiers and captured 32 others – all by himself. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.
  • On Oct. 13, 1775, the second Continental Congress created the United States Navy.
  • On Oct. 21, 1944, General Douglas MacArthur walked onto the shores of the Philippines, thus fulfilling his promise, “I shall return.” To learn more about this iconic military figure, who has a deep family ties to Milwaukee, make sure you visit the new and incredible MacArthur exhibit at the War Memorial Center.

Veterans Day Event

Please consider joining us at the War Memorial on Nov. 11, 2017 for our day-long Veterans Day program. It starts with a breakfast, then the Milwaukee Police Post Ceremony at 10:30 a.m., and closing with the annual Veterans Day Dinner that evening.

The Vietnam War Documentary

Finally, I hope you watched The Vietnam War documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on PBS Channel 10. While I disagreed with several points,  I thought, overall, the program was outstanding.

The broadcast was sure to open some old wounds while generating more controversy, but the facts presented had been heretofore unavailable to the general public. It is my hope that our current leaders learn from the lessons of that war. American philosopher George Santayana once wrote, “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”

This country, and certainly our military, cannot afford to go through an experience like that ever again.

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