By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
They made the ultimate sacrifice by putting their lives on the line for freedom, and on Monday hundreds of events were held nationwide to honor the fallen men and women who fought for their country.
A rapid-fire sequence of memorial services took place in Bay County on Monday. Ten observances were held starting at 8:30 a.m.
Rosalind Herek and her family were on hand for one of those remembrances at Oak Ridge Cemetery. They've attended it every year for 19 years to honor her father, Norman Reed.
"He served over in Germany and we just come to honor him and all the veterans," Herek said.
Shortly after that observance at Oak Ridge, another one was held in downtown Bay City in front of the county building. Fred Zippler was there. He served in the Vietnam War and said he had to be there.
"It's our obligation, our duty to remember our fallen people, our friends, people we served with," Zippler said.
Bob Wisniewski also served during the Vietnam era.
"Most important of all is that we wouldn't have the freedom that we have now if it weren't for all the service men and women that served around the country," Wisniewski said.
Memorial Day use to be called Decoration Day and people would decorate graves with flowers. In more modern times, flags are placed to remember the dead and their names are etched in stone.
State Rep. Charles Brunner honored one of his fallen relatives on Monday. His uncle Manuel is on the Wall of Honor in Bay County. The paratrooper was killed in World War II shortly after surviving D-Day.
"I always have to go up to say hello to my uncle Manuel," Brunner said.
Remembrances in Bay County were also held Monday morning at Hampton Township Hall and in Kawkawlin.
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