the new Marcus Performing Arts Center War Memorial; ‘remember the dead’

The Marcus Performing Arts Center unveils its new war memorial on the renovated community grounds on Monday, November 14.

The new community lot fills with patriotic melodies – a fitting start to the dedication of the new war memorial on the renovated community lot.

The presentation of the colors by the Milwaukee color guard and a few words from Mayor Cavalier Johnson made the event a grand celebration.

“Today we are expanding the legacy to continue honoring the dead by serving the living as we remember those who served our country with a dedication of our new war memorial on the newly renovated outdoor community grounds. “, Johnson said.

It was a crowd honoring and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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“Remember the dead, the prisoners of war, the missing and honor those who have served and are serving the armed forces of this great nation, a moment of silence, please,” said Vietnam Veteran George Banda .

George Banda, Vietnam veteran

Several benches and two American flags surround the new memorial at the corner of Kilbourn and Water.

“And it really is a great place to reflect on this dedication to the war memorial,” said Kendra Ingram, CEO and President of the Marcus Performing Arts Center.

Kendra Ingram, CEO and President of the Marcus Performing Arts Center

The renovations also include a new green space where people can watch shows and relax. Accessibility was a top priority in the design.

“So you’ll notice that outside there are wheelchair accessible tables to sit on. Also wheelchair cutouts in the pews near the war memorial,” Ingram said.

The community grounds were built to be a welcome space for all to remember, reflect and relax.

The $1.5 million project for community lands lasted about a year. Individuals, corporations and foundations have donated the funds.