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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

June 5&6, Milwaukee VA Center History Event: Reclaiming Our Heritage

History, Special events, War

Take a step back into American history this weekend, at Reclaiming Our Heritage , the 9th Annual Living History and Veteran Tribute Event, at the VA Medical Center grounds in Milwaukee.

What makes this event different from most Civil War encampments is that you will see reenactor soldiers and camps from military groups dating from our nation's founding, such as the 1771 Colonial Alliance, to the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, to today.

I attended a few years ago and found it very interesting.

The event schedule offers a wide variety of activities for the whole family: Patriotic parades, singing, music and dance lessons from various eras, fashion shows, Sunday church services, kids stuff, history, a Civil War skirmish, and even Tea with Jane Austen and Mary Todd Lincoln! You can also ask Abraham Lincoln for his autograph.*

The Cemetery-by-Lantern Tour (this year, also by daylight) was very worthwhile. (This tram ride tour requires a ticket, so if you are interested, purchase at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.) Soldiers from wars as far back as the War of 1812 are interred at Wood National Cemetery at the VA. A tram takes you to various graves, with a reenactor standing graveside who relates the story of the soldier buried there. It was quite moving. Did you know we have Confederate Soldiers buried in Milwaukee?

Call 414-902-5599 for more information. The VA is located at 5000 W. National Ave. in Milwaukee (behind Miller Park).

Best of all, there is NO general admission or parking fee, it's FREE, so stop in and check out this "Family Friendly Positively Patriotic" weekend.

*Camp photo was taken at the Wade House; Lincoln was taken at the Cumberland Gap National Park encampment.


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