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Memorial Day 2018

A Day of Reflection, Honoring and Remembrance

With row upon row of white headstones as a somber backdrop, World War II Veteran Gene Schulz simply, but eloquently, expressed the meaning of Memorial Day. “What a beautiful day this is, and we are truly on hallowed ground,” Schulz said. “What a marvelous opportunity we have to honor the men and women who sacrificed the ultimate.” Schulz, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberate the Ohrdruf concentration camp, was the guest speaker at the annual Memorial Day Observance at Wood National Cemetery at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center. More than 1,400 attended the 88th annual event on a picturesque spring Wisconsin morning. Read the story.

Photo Gallery - View more photos from the 2018 Memorial Day Observance

Audio: Listen to World War II Veteran Gene Schulz's Memorial Day speech.

The Caretakers at Wood National Cemetery

Wood National Cemetery

Award-winning journalist John Mercure of WTMJ Radio talks with the caretakers at Wood National Cemetery. The caretakers, each of whom is a Veteran, talk about what their current mission means to them. Mercure was master of ceremonies for the 2018 Memorial Day Observance.

Audio: Listen to the interview with Wood National Cemetery caretakers.

Related Coverage

Hundreds come out for Wood National Cemetery Memorial Day services - WTMJ, Milwaukee

‘Remembering their sacrifices:’ Milwaukee VA honors the fallen in 88th annual Memorial Day service - FOX6 TV, Milwaukee

88th annual Memorial Day ceremony at Wood National Cemetery honors those who served - CBS58 TV, Milwaukee

Archive Coverage

Photo Gallery - Memorial Day 2017

Photo Gallery - Memorial Day 2016

Photo Gallery - Memorial Day 2015

Photo Gallery - Memorial Day 2014

Photo Gallery - Memorial Day Preparation 2014

Photo Gallery - Wood National Cemetery