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VA Memorial Day ceremony May 29 at Wood National Cemetery; volunteers needed to place flags at gravesites


May 23, 2023

Milwaukee , WI — The public is invited to a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 29, 2023, at Wood National Cemetery on the Milwaukee VA campus, 5000 W. National Ave.

The solemn event honors fallen Veterans, their families, and those prisoners of war or missing in action who never made it home. This year’s ceremony theme is We Pledge to Remember.

The Milwaukee American Legion Band will give a pre-ceremony concert starting at 9 a.m., and the official Memorial Day program starts promptly at 9:25 a.m.

Keynote speaker is Mr. Kelly McKeague, Director of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

The Commemorative Air Force Wisconsin Waukesha Wing will conduct a flyover of vintage military aircraft at approximately 10 a.m.

Members of the public are advised to arrive early and be prepared for a short walk from the parking area. Limited seating is available at the outdoor event.

In addition, volunteers are needed to place flags on gravesites prior to Memorial Day. Flag placement starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 27.

Volunteers are also needed to remove flags starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30.

For both days, volunteers should meet at start time and sign in at the cemetery office, 5000 W. National Ave., Building 1301. Volunteers can park in the gravel area east of the cemetery office.  

For more information about the Memorial Day ceremony, contact Wood National Cemetery at 414-382-5300.

Media contacts

David Walter, Public Affairs Specialist

414-384-2000, ext. 45176

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