South Milwaukee veteran: Stop saying 'Happy Memorial Day'

Posted at 6:36 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 20:56:52-04

South Milwaukee honored it's military service men and women with a modest parade consisting of local boy and girl scout troops, the city's fire engine and veterans.

The parade traveled from the American Legion Post 27 to the war memorial at Grant Park for an honoring ceremony. 

Retired United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Patti Winter-Schmidt says being a woman in the military wasn't easy.    

"It's still a man's military. But, we're slowly gaining ground and eventually, I'm thinking we'll--we'll take over eventually," said Winter-Schmidt. 

Winter-Schmidt says she's proud of the community support because Memorial and Veterans Day are important to all service men and women. By honoring this day, people are remembering the fallen. 

Former U.S. Navy Opticalman Brenda Tryva says Memorial Day is one of remembrance, so stop saying "Happy Memorial Day."

"We're not celebrating Memorial Day, we are honoring all those who died while they were in the service," said Tryva. 

Tryva says the easiest ways to honor the holiday are by flying the flag or saying  "thank you" to a veteran.