Community members are spending Memorial Day paying their respects to members of the U.S. military who died in action. In Oshkosh, the Oshkosh Patriotic Council held their Memorial Day program Monday morning.
One by one, the names of Winnebago County service members who died in the lined of duty were read aloud at the Oshkosh Veterans Memorial, starting at 7 a.m.
“It truly is the ultimate act of love, that somebody would lay down their life, for you, for I, for the viewers out there, so that we could experience liberty,” said Michael Hert of Disabled American Veterans. “When you read somebody’s name, and you read it aloud, it personalizes it, and it’s incredible, touching, it’s just a great experience.”
Behind each name is the story of a human being whose life was cut short while putting their country ahead of themselves.
“I like to read about military history,” said U.S. Congressman Glenn Grothman, who attended the reading of the names. “And whether you talk about the Civil War or World War II or the Vietnam War, or the more recent conflicts, it is amazing the stories of heroism that you come across.”
After the reading of the names, flowers were thrown into the Fox River to honor those who lost their lives at sea.
The Memorial Day program concluded with a procession that began at Oshkosh City Hall and ventured to Riverside Cemetery, where a Memorial Day service took place.
If you aren’t able to attend a Memorial Day event, the Oshkosh Patriotic Council suggests taking a minute to think about members of the U.S. military who didn’t make it home, and the spouses turned into widows and widowers, children who had to grow up without a parent, and parents who had to bury a child.