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Discovering Little-Known WWI Memorial in Juneau Park


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.

Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.