Flags, parades, picnics … and don't forget the military veterans.
Memorial Day – a day to observe and remember the men and women in the United States Armed Forces, including those who never returned home.
"We owe so much to the men and women who have served and saved the world during its darkest hours and then rebuilt it based on the principles of freedom and self-determination."
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos is spending his holiday in Iraq, along with over 6,000 other Wisconsin GIs, proudly serving their country.
"This year again sees our nation at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. As we do each year, many of us will take time this Memorial Day to recognize and remember those who died during their service to our nation as soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines."
So, while you're enjoying another bratwurst or beer, Scocos urges you to take a moment to remember the sacrifices and accomplishments of Wisconsin's men and women in uniform.
The Veterans Secretary also acknowledges the state Veterans Museum for its dedication to Wisconsin veterans.
For those who are unable to attend a Memorial Day ceremony , Scocos suggests you pause for a moment of silent contemplation for the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. to remember America's fallen.
The Veterans Museum will have special Memorial Day hours – from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday (Free admission).