Remembering the Fallen
APPLETON - Memorial Day is a time to reflect on what our fallen heroes have done to keep us free. Following the annual parade in Appleton, hundreds walked to Riverside Cemetery for a tribute to our fallen servicemen and women.
"It's a shame that all the big sales are going on and everything.. it's a lot more than that. You have to come here and listen to these programs and the stories people have to tell. You can never forget," said parade chairman Greg Otis.
Memorial Day can be especially difficult for the friends and families of those who have fallen.
"The moms and dads are still here - and are grieving in their own ways, and on Memorial Day, it comes to a height," said Dick LaChapelle with the Northeast Wisconsin Patriot Guard.
Monday's touching ceremony honored a number of military families, including the family of Staff Sergeant Anthony Warigi of Appleton, who died last year while serving in Kenya.
"We're just sorry that he's not here today to just see how much people appreciate what he did," said Warigi's brother, Elizabeth.
"I was sad that he's not here today.. and every time that I saw him, it was the best day ever," said Anthony's daughter, Isabella. "I still haven't forgotten those days."