Wood National Cemetery is located on the grounds of Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center at 5000 West National Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The entrance to the cemetery is located at American War Mothers Avenue, just west of its intersection with North Mitchell Boulevard, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214.
Visiting Wood National Cemetery is every bit as sobering and moving as visiting Arlington Cemetery in Virginia. It was not until I returned home and did the research to prepare this link that I learned the significance of this cemetery.
Special features of Wood National Cemetery:
- Eight bronze plaques with verses of O'Hara's poem "The Bivouac of the Dead" (see five below)
- Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Statue and Monument
- Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" marker
- Memorial Day Order marker
- Markers recognizing five Medal of Honor recipients interred at the cemetery
- Members of the first Union unit of African-American solders are interred at the cemetery
- Memorial Appreciation Platform
Some of the 30,000 graves at the cemetery: