Large crowd gathers in Eagle River for Memorial Day ceremonySubmitted: 05/29/2017

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EAGLE RIVER - Many people see Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer. The real meaning behind the day can get lost in all the picnics and family get-togethers  

"It's not about barbecuing or any of that stuff; it's about saying thank you and mourning those who passed away for our freedom," said Commander of the Eagle River VFW Post 8637 Denny Geiseman. "Some gave it all, and they gave the ultimate sacrifice, and they should never ever be forgotten. Never."

A bagpiper along with the Northland Pines High School band and choir performed a number of patriotic songs during the ceremony.

People who attended the event made signs and some even dressed up to show their patriotism.

Geiseman says it's nice to see so many people come together.

"I think it's awesome because everybody becomes part of one and everybody understands what everybody's trying to do and to help the veteran and to thank the veteran, and these kind of things are very, very important."

Near the end of the program, Eagle River-area Boy and Girl Scouts placed poppies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The ceremony also featured cannon salutes and a rifle salute.

Geiseman hopes the ceremony helps people truly appreciate their veterans.

"What I hope people get from this and learn from this is the fact that they wouldn't have what they have today if it wasn't for the veteran," said Geiseman.

Story By: Dakota Sherek

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