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Heroes honored for their service at annual Milwaukee County War Memorial ceremony

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Veterans across southeast Wisconsin were honored at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center on Monday, Nov. 11. 

Milwaukee Police American Legion Post 415 has observed Veterans Day since 1939 with a ceremony and Monday was no different. 

"Father, we gather with solemn pride in the heroism of those who have served and died,” Milwaukee Police Post 415 of the American Legion Chaplain David Schildt said. “We ask that you receive all them men and women who’ve served this great nation in defense of the freedom that we enjoy today.”

The message was to honor those who have died, but also those still with us today. 

“Lord, you the deep and hounding a warrior’s wounds can go both in the body and soul and we ask that you bring healing to the whose Veterans who still carry the scars and haunting memories of war,” Schildt said.

The keynote speaker was Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter Meg Jones, who has covered several wars. She wanted everyone to remember some of the names of Wisconsinites who served this country and their stories. 

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says these ceremonies are very important to the community. 

"I think it really tells the story of America, because there are so many men and women who have served our country in the armed forces and I think we owe them an incredible debt of gratitude for sacrificing their lives and sometimes losing their lives,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

The ceremony ended with a wreath laying and a rifle salute in honor of the veterans. 

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