The Milwaukee VA grounds are one of my all-time favorite places in the city. Long-time blog readers who have been with me since my last blog know that it’s been a favorite place for many years now. I used to live very close to the VA and walked through the grounds monthly, if not weekly. Now that I don’t live so close, I don’t get over there as often. The last time I had my camera with me on the VA grounds before this past week was actually Memorial Day weekend 2016, nearly a year ago. When I went to the For the Birds show at the Domes, I made time to stop by the VA grounds as well.
Please note: The grounds I’m featuring are the grounds for the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI, also known as Milwaukee Soldiers Home. It’s not Arlington Cemetery. I know the rows and rows of veteran graves look very similar. Every time I post pictures of the cemetery, I get questions about or have people mistaking it for Arlington.
A number of the grand old VA buildings are closed right now, which is really a shame. The good news is that they are renovating a handful of them. I’m hopeful that we will see a few of the old VA gems re-open to the public at some point. But for now, the renovation work is the reason for the fencing around several buildings. I tried to shoot around it, but you’ll see a few glimpses.
The VA grounds are adjacent to Miller Park. I can’t even explain why this view kills me every time, but I absolutely love the juxtaposition of the statue and Miller Park.
Look at the sprouting trees around the old chapel! I get so excited seeing plants blooming again every single spring.
I know it seems weird to wonder around a cemetery. It’s very peaceful and can be quite relaxing (during the day anyway ha).
If you live in the Milwaukee area and have never strolled the VA grounds before, I highly recommend adding it to your must-visit list and planning a little excursion this spring or summer. If you can, please visit the grounds over Memorial Day weekend. Seeing a little flag placed next to every single grave is moving beyond words.
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