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Veterans weigh in on the importance of Memorial Day and the parade in Wausau

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Wausau held its annual Memorial Day Parade on Saturday.

Thousands of people were in attendance, paying their respects to current veterans and to those who lost their lives serving our country.

“Remember those that have given everything for us because we’re here and have these freedoms because of them,” parade goer Tanya Morzenti said. “So it’s just really a great time to remember that, pass it on to future generations, and come together as a community.”

Dennis Borchardt, Adjutant for American Legion 10 in Wausau who also served in the Vietnam war, was apart of the parade.

“We have the greatest country here in the world and to be apart of that, to protect and serve this country means a great deal,” Borchardt said. “Memorial Day is such a significant day for all those who payed the ultimate sacrifice.”

Another veteran in attendance, Bob Weller who serves as the Vice Commander for American Legion 10 in Wausau said it’s important for people to remember that Memorial Day is about memorializing those lost instead of it signifying a time for celebration.

“It’s a memorial for those that died and the families that suffered as a result of the wars they were in or the accidents they were in,” Weller said. “They ended up unfortunately giving their life and we salute to you.”


Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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