Hank Aaron State Trail: Care for the Brave and Deserving

© Photographed August 14, 2016
Erected by Milwaukee Preservation Alliance,
Beyer Stewardship Fund, Brewers Community Foundation,
and Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
43.025506, -87.976114 (marker location)
43.025553, -87.975146 (parking to access the marker)
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Following the Civil War, Congress established a nationwide system of Soldiers Homes to provide medical care and lodging to injured and ill Veterans. The Milwaukee Soldiers Home was founded in 1867 and remains the most intact of the eleven Homes constructed between 1866 and 1930.
Old Main welcomed Veterans to the site. The towering Gothic building originally housed residential, dining, and administrative facilities. Other building were added as needs changed. Many, like Ward Memorial Hall in front of you, supported the Home's recreational offerings. Residents enjoyed theatrical performances, vaudeville shows, concerts, and motion pictures in the auditorium, while a railroad ticket office on the side of the building connected them to destinations along the Milwaukee Road. A social hall, library, canteen, chapel, hospital, offices, dormitories, and staff housing completed the Home's village-like setting. 
"Neither a hospital nor alms-house, but a home. . .
a reward to the brave and deserving."
The Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers 
Enjoy walking around the grounds.
Search online for more information about the Milwaukee Soldiers Home or for a walking tour guide.
The marker is located along the Hank Aaron State Trail and is accessible from southbound North Mitchell Boulevard, just west of its intersection with westbound Hank Aaron State Trail, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53295.

The National Soldiers Home Historic District was
listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2005
and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011.

Soldiers gathered in front of Ward Memorial Hall near where
you are standing.

The marker is located along the Hank Aaron State Trail (on the left).
This is the Soldiers Home entrance to the trail, heading westbound.
The Soldiers Home is to the right (not visible in this photograph).

The magnificent Soldiers Home, just up the hill
from the Hank Aaron State Trail.

Follow the signs to the VA National Historic Landmark
(the Soldiers Home).

The marker is located on the grounds of the VA National
Historic Landmark (the Soldiers Home) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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