West Facade Mosaic Mural

Unveiled on Veterans Day 1959, the 1,440,000-piece mosaic features Roman numerals representing the commencement and end dates for World War II and the Korean Conflict.

Veterans Courtyard

Honor Roll & Eternal Flame Memorial

An eternal flame illuminates a black-granite Honor Roll listing Milwaukee County’s 3,481 war dead since World War II, the wars in Korean and Vietnam and those related to the Global War on Terrorism.

MacArthur Quote at Honor Roll & Eternal Flame Memorial

Ring of Honor

The black-granite ring in the center of Veterans Courtyard represents the never-ending commitment of our men and women in the military. The Ring of Honor lists all the Department of Defense-recognized conflicts American troops have fought in since World War I, including the so-called low-intensity conflicts that have called on the service and sacrifice of our veterans through the years.

WWI and Revolutionary War Memorials

Purple Heart Memorial

As a tribute to the servicemen and women who have been awarded this honor, a committee was formed in 2007 with the goal of erecting a Purple Heart Memorial on the grounds of the War Memorial Center.

Gold Star Family Memorial

Honoring the sacrifice of the families who have lost an immediate family member in service to our country.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial

Privately funded by the Runzheimer Foundation, the Operation Iraqi Freedom Monument is dedicated to the Marines of Fox Company, who were killed in action during the Iraq War.

Veterans Gallery

9/11 Memorial

The 9/11 Memorial features a World Trade Center I-beam recovered from Ground Zero. The 1,566 pound artifact is a reminder of that tragic day in American history— the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that killed 2,996 people.

Missing Man Table

The POW/MIA table: A place setting for one. A table for all.

“On the Wings of Peace” Statue

This statue is a replica of the 10-foot bronze monument of the same name created by sculptor Renee Headings and located at the Veterans Administration Building in Riviera Beach, Florida. The statue features an anonymous soldier who has returned from combat, carrying his son on his shoulders.

Commemorative Plaques

Numerous commemorative plaques in the gallery recognize the contributions of many, in service to all. Plaques and displays are exhibited or added as deemed appropriate by the Veterans Board of Directors selection committee.

West Plaza

Gary G. Wetzel Medal of Honor Way and Marker

Honor South Milwaukee native and Medal of Honor Recipient Gary George Wetzel for his heroism in the Vietnam War.

Abraham Lincoln Statue

The statue of Abraham Lincoln on the West side of the War Memorial Center is a true work of art. Dedicated in 1934 and re-dedicated on Labor Day 1986, the 10’6″ bronze statue was sculpted by American artist Gaetano Cecere (1894-1985), He was commissioned to do the work with pennies collected by area school children.

Veterans Park

Southeastern Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Dedicated on October 20, 1991, this moving memorial has become the focal point of Veterans Park at
Milwaukee’s Lakefront. Three Wausau Red Granite represent those killed in action, prisoners of war/missing in action, and those who returned home.
Commemorative bricks are available for purchase HERE.

MacArthur Statue

The General MacArthur statue was relocated from its lonely home in MacArthur Square just east of the Milwaukee County Courthouse to its current location in Veterans Park in 2014.