32nd Infantry Division Memorial at Red Arrow Park
Milwaukee War Memorial Center
WWI Memorial Flagpole at Juneau Park
This is only a very brief list of World War One memorials in Milwaukee and there are certainly many more to be found across the city. You can find a more comprehensive list here. One might ask, why is there such a plethora of memorials to the same conflict in one city? Keep in mind that World War One was the first time in American history that a sizable force of American soldiers was sent to fight overseas. Many battles in Europe had KIA and WIA tolls surpassing those of the Civil War, even though that conflict ultimately claimed the lives of more Americans. (Remember, the Confederates saw themselves as Americans, too, but that's a discussion for another blog post!) The United States was involved in WWI for only 19 months, but the sacrifices made by its servicemen in that relatively brief period of time left an indelible mark on those who came home alive and their friends and loved ones. One hundred years later, we must not forget those sacrifices, as they shaped the history of this country to this day.