Photos by Kim Krause
My friend Kim and I were driving down Lincoln Memorial Drive just north of downtown Milwaukee on Sunday. A woman in a purple chiffon dress pulled right next to us at the stoplight in a blue car. She rolled down her window and asked us if we knew where the War Memorial was. My friend Kim pointed her in the right direction.
I didn’t even know or possibly didn’t even remember that the War Memorial existed until that very moment. I had even grown up in Milwaukee county.
“Let’s go there” my friend Kim said. So we went. There were some displays inside of little soldiers and mosaics on the outside of the building, but what really caught my attention was the migration of people clothed in purple attire and men with purple boutonnières going in and out of the building.
A woman in a beautiful purple dress and an orchid on her wrist was standing outside the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. I asked her if I could talk to her for a story I was thinking of writing and if my friend Kim, who was off in the distance taking photos of the view, could take her picture. First I asked her what her name was.
She told me “My name is Brenda Smith and I am here at the War Memorial for my daughter’s wedding and also her birthday.”
“It’s her birthday today too! Wow! How old is she?” I asked.
“She is 28 years old” Brenda said.
“And who is she marrying?” I inquired.
“She’s marrying Brian Malone and her name is Immeseya Smith” she said.
“and how do you spell that?” I asked.
“I-M-M-E-S-E-Y-A” Brenda said.
“Is she your only daughter?” I queried.
“No, I have two other daughters and a son.” Brenda replied.
“How come they decided to have it at the War Memorial?” I questioned.
“I really don’t know, I didn’t ask” Brenda stated.
I asked Brenda “Were any of them a veteran or your husband?”
She said “No. My husband is, but not his people.”
“Do you get a discount for him being a veteran? I asked.
“No we didn’t go through all that.” she replied.
I said “I didn’t know they even had weddings here.”
“They have all sorts of things here. They have church in this building, graduations and everything.” Brenda told me.
“You go to church here too?” I asked.
“No. No I don’t.” Brenda said politely. The whole time I was talking to Brenda, Kim was taking photos of the fabulous view from the front of the War Memorial. She walked over and I asked her to take a photo of the mother of the bride.
“You can take a picture of her” I told Kim.
“You look beautiful! I love your dress it is so pretty!” I said to Brenda.
“One second. Oh you turned out so nice” Kim said after taking her photo.
“Thank you” Brenda said.
“Did they have the wedding here too?” I asked
Brenda said “yes, it was on the third floor.”
Kim asked “Was it real nice inside? I have never been inside.”
“It’s nice” Brenda replied.
Brenda went back in to the wedding after we told her the photo Kim had taken might appear on Associated Content.
The War Memorial Center is an ideal location for a wedding. It is right on Lake Michigan and an outdoor wedding area is available as well. They have some beautiful photos of the different areas available to rent for wedding as well as other events.
The view is spectacular because it is right next door to the Art Museum. Many sailboats were within view that day from the War Memorial Center. They were wonderful to watch under the clear blue sky on Sunday October 17, 2010 at Milwaukee’s lakefront.