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Veterans, soldiers gather for Memorial Day observance at Wood National Cemetery

Posted at 12:20 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 17:45:19-04

MILWAUKEE — At the Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee, veterans spent Monday morning reflecting and remembering their loved ones who served alongside them.

“It’s not a three-day weekend," said Ron Bratkowski. "It’s to honor all our soldiers, the men and women who served this great country of ours for our freedom."

Bratkowski is a Vietnam veteran. He served in the war from 1970 to 1971. That was decades ago, yet he remembers the devastation as if it were yesterday.

“It stays with you," he said. "It’s unbelievable the sights and sounds that still stay with me."

This Memorial Day observance at Wood National Cemetery at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center is now in its 89th year. Veterans and soldiers stood shoulder to shoulder, some laying wreaths. Everyone gathered in solidarity to remember the lives of those too valuable to ever forget.

“Today and always we think of them, their families and friends, and today we honor those who left their mark on our history," Gov. Tony Evers said.