Solemn ceremony to mark Memorial Day, say 'thank you' to soldiers

UNION GROVE (WITI) -- An observance was held in Union Grove on Sunday, May 26th, to pay respects for all of those who have served our country -- particularly those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and died while serving.

On Memorial Day Weekend, the sound of the American flag whipping in the wind was heard during the peaceful ceremony in Union Grove, where folks paid tribute to the men and women who have died while fighting for our country.

"I'm glad that people remember and they should," Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R - Wisconsin) said.

Some embraced headstones of their loved ones, as others placed flowers nearby.

Renee Bauman was encouraged to see the turnout for Sunday's ceremony.

"I think this is a day to be reflective and pensive -- a day to remember the sacrifices of those who continue to allow us to be free in this country," Bauman said.

The theme of this year's Memorial Day ceremony revolved around the war in Iraq, as it is the 10th anniversary. During that time, 34,000 men and women from Wisconsin served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom combined.

The service included some special fanfare, but also speeches that moved many.

"This day, among others, allows us to continue to celebrate those who make this country free. As you know, freedom is not free. It often takes the blood of heroes in order to continue to allow children of American to grow up with the liberty and rights we enjoy everyday," Bauman said.