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Remembering Memorial Day

Green Bay -
Memorial Day seems to be increasingly known for its barbecues and the start of summer, but Monday some people in Green Bay remembered the reason you have the day off of work.

Monday at Fort Howard, people came out to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for freedom.

"This is just the least we can do is that one day a year pay tribute to them, honor them," said Lee VandenBusch, Fort Howard Family Service Counselor.

Last week volunteers placed more than 3,000 flags at Fort Howard. More than 44 veterans have been buried at the cemetery since last Memorial Day.

Monday's ceremony featured taps, a gun salute, balloon release, and in an effort to recognize World War II veterans, a group of those who served laid a wreath in the cemetery's Field of Honor.

"Our nation can't ever forget," VandenBusch said. "I think we have to always continue to honor our veterans."

Officials said about 500 World War II veterans die every day in America.

"Those that we do have left we have to tell them that we care for them and what they've done," said Roland Wegner, who attended the memorial ceremony.

World War II veterans in attendance enjoyed the ceremony.

"This is beautiful to come here," said Ace Steier, a World War II veteran in attendance Steir earned two purple hearts and began serving in 1942.

He said the ceremony brought back memories of those he served with who weren't as lucky.

"They were my friends. They fought hard with me. I was our squad leader."
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