Fallen service members honored at Milwaukee's Wood National Cemetery

Posted at 4:18 PM, May 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 17:18:33-04

Fallen military men and women were honored Monday at Milwaukee's Wood National Cemetery.

At an annual Memorial Day Observance, veterans like Johnny L. Smith donned their military uniforms to show appreciation  to service members who've passed away.

"It makes my heart sad to know they're gone, and to know what they have done," Smith said.

Jim Endres, a veteran of the Army Reserve, said it's important to honor military members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"You have to keep remembering them, all the men and women who've given so much, because if we forget about them then it's all useless," Endres said.

Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin were among those in attendance at Monday's ceremony.

"We live in the home of the free, because of the brave," Walker said.

"To the family members and friends of our fallen, it's an honor to be here with you," Baldwin said.

John Mercure, of WTMJ Radio, served as the master of ceremonies.