North Burritt Cemetery’s Memorial Service is a tradition that’s been going on since the late 1800s. It’s a day full of ceremony and honoring the men and women that gave their lives while fighting for our country.
For the 140th year, Burritt Cemetery recognizes the fallen whose final resting place is at the cemetery.
One Vietnam veteran, Daniel Wojtas, says he has a different perspective of what this ceremony means.
“It was some people in my platoon that didn’t make it home,” Wojtas said.
For Wojtas, Memorial Day is a time to reflect on those who he personally knew who sacrificed their lives.
At the Burritt cemetery, he’s paying homage to those he fought alongside.
”It just seems like an honor to honor those guys that was over there,” Wojtas said. “I was just lucky. Other people in platoon just got wounded or something, and I was very lucky not to get wounded or anything but yet other ones lives were passed over there.”
During Sundays’ Memorial Service, the names of the fallen soldiers who are buried here were read out loud
“They’ve purchased our freedom with their lives,” said Riachard McCray, Burritt Cemetery Memorial Service. “I remember one Veteran who made the comment that says, ‘I paid for my todays for your tomorrows and that’s basically what it’s all about, to remember these folks and to not forget them.”
From the Blackhawk War to World War II and the Vietnam war, each of the 100 veterans’ graves are marked with the American flag.
Richard CcCray says everyone should honor the fallen because they gave so much for our freedom.
”It needs to be done,” McCray said. ”It needs to be remembered that these gentlemen and women. We have a number of women veterans buried here also. That what they did for us should never, never be forgotten and should always be remembered.”
Daniel Wojatas just returned from his first Vets Roll to Washington D.C. and he said it was a life changing event that every veteran should be able to experience.