While today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, 2014 also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of another World War II icon – with strong ties to Milwaukee.
General Douglas MacArthur spent much of his early life here, graduating from West Division High School. A rededication ceremony on Saturday morning will mark the moving of the city’s Douglas MacArthur statue to its new home near the War Memorial.
Chas Mulcahy is past chairman of the Milwaukee County War Memorial and organizer of this MacArthur Week – as well as the first one, held in 1979. Deanna Alexander is a Milwaukee County Supervisor who will speak at the event; and David Black will be a special guest at the event. He’s from Perth, Australia, who was a child when MacArthur came to that country to help defend it from Japan.