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FIELD OF FLAGS

 

MILWAUKEE —  The War Memorial Center will help bring to life one of the center's signature community events. Returning for the third year, hundreds of volunteers will create a majestic field of flags of the War Memorial Center. In 2021, 7,057 flags were planted to honor every brave United States service member who gave their life since 9/11.

 

As we celebrate the Medal of Honor throughout 2022, the center and volunteers will be placing 12,301 flags in honor of the Wiscoscin service members who gave their life during the Civil War. This conflict marked both the birth of all the Medal of Honor and Wisconsin's involvement in United States military action.

 

CLOSING CEREMONY MAY 28th 11a.m.

Volunteer shifts available May 26-28

Flags will be on display in Veterans Park May 28-31

Sign up to volunteer at warmemorialcenter.org/events

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Southeastern Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in Veterans Park north of the War Memorial Center. The program is organized by Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans (WVV) Chapter One.

 

The SE Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Veterans Park is a sacred place for veterans. The three granite columns represent those killed in action, POW/MIA and those who returned home. Every March 29, WVV Chapter One gathers there to honor those represented by this memorial. WVV Chapter One was the driving force in the construction of the memorial 30 years ago this year.  October 20, 2021 will be the official 30th anniversary of its dedication. 

 

“For me, Vietnam War Veterans Day is a day to show our pride as Vietnam veterans. This is our day.  No more anonymity.  No apologies.  We served our country proudly and with dignity. We stepped up when others refused. We are brothers and sisters forever and will never forget those who gave their tomorrows for our todays,” said Vietnam veteran George Banda, WVV Chapter One member and War Memorial Center Board of Trustees.

 

Before the ceremony, several of the Vietnam veterans will participate in a live virtual chat with Milwaukee-area middle school students.  Classes who pre-register will be sent a lesson plan on the Vietnam War and then get a chance to ask questions of veterans who served. The live chat begins at 9:00 a.m. from Memorial Hall, located inside the War Memorial Center.  


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