Twin Ports Honors Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

Paying Tribute to Those Who Gave Their Lives to Service

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Memorial Day, a day of solemn remembrance.

“There’s a lot of things that we are in this country because of the sacrifice of those people,” said Eual Moore, Vice Commander at the American Legion.

A day spent paying tribute to those who lost their lives defending our nation’s freedom.

“This is a day to pray for that freedom, and that peace, and these men and women maintained that,” said Father John Petrich.

It’s a reminder not to take the little things for granted.

“The fact that we’re standing here in Wisconsin, there were British troops stationed here until 1812,” Moore said.

Despite pouring rain, crowds gathered Monday morning for services and ceremonies across the Northland.

“I mean let’s face it – 1.3 million people have paid the ultimate price. We can afford to get a little wet, spend an hour,” Moore said.

All in honor of our fallen soldiers.

“Indivisibility, we say it in our pledge of allegiance, one nation, under God, indivisible. We owe a lot to these people,” explained Moore.

A chance to say thank you to those service men and women still fighting to protect this nation each and every day.

“This area for me is where I grew up,” said Colonel Penny Dieryck of the Air National Guard. “The people of this community taught me to be the person I am, to be an independent woman, to work hard and be strong and to realize that serving my country was something that was in my heart.”

And to recognize the principles that make America great.

“We wouldn’t be here. We wouldn’t be doing what we do and have the freedoms we have if they hadn’t stepped up and worked for that,” Petrich admitted.

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day began in the years following the Civil War, and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

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