MILWAUKEE, WI – The following is the statement of Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley in observance of Memorial Day.

“We honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our county. It is because of their service that we live freely in the United States.

“My uncle Carl, from whom I got my middle name, died in Vietnam serving in the US Army. He was a welder in the military and joined to serve his country and improve his family’s quality of life when he returned home. When he didn’t return from service, my family joined the many families throughout our nation’s history who’ve felt the loss and grief from losing a loved one in way. Uncle Carl’s loss took a huge toll on the family, especially my Grandparents.

“This past April, I was able to accompany a Vietnam Veteran on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. While in Washington, I was finally able to find my uncle’s name at the Vietnam War Memorial. I was grateful to see his name and to reflect on his loss and my family’s healing journey.

“Today, I’m proud to honor the memory of my uncle Carl and all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States.

“Thank you to those willing to defend our country, facing such a reality. You are willing to do what it takes to uphold our freedoms and our way of life. We need to honor that sacrifice at home to ensure our future generations enjoy those freedoms as well.”

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