Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Discovering Little-Known WWI Memorial in Juneau Park

Diane Buck explains significance of the memorial flagpole behind her.

As the country commemorates July 4th, we’ll visit an often overlooked bronze and granite monument in Milwaukee.

Diane Buck wrote the book about nearly 100 monuments around Milwaukee.

So, when WUWM’s Susan Bence happened upon a bronze and granite flagpole inscribed to “the memory of those who served in 1917 1918” she called Buck for background.
 

Artist Benjamin Hawkins designed the basrelief. The stars represent the women's organization - Service Star Legion - that commissioned the project

They met steps from the memorial in Juneau Park - under a bus shelter as raindrops fell.

Buck says it's a significant monument and a fitting place to kick off July 4th celebrations.

Milwaukeean Diane Buck is an art educator on a mission to conserve outdoor sculpture.