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Hundreds paid their respects at a Northwoods cemetery for Memorial DaySubmitted: 05/26/2018
NORTHWOODS - At most Memorial Day services you might see planes, cannons and the presentation of colors.

But at the Union Grove Cemetery in Harshaw you'll also see dozens of motorcycle riders.

"Just paying respect to those who lost their lives for our freedoms," said motorcycle rider and Vietnam veteran Tim Iding.

Each year, the Veterans Memorial Motorcycle Procession starts from American Legion Post 93 in Tomahawk and heads to the cemetery in Harshaw.

The previous procession leader recently died of Agent Orange, a chemical used in the Vietnam War.
"Sniper Mike was a really good friend of mine," said Iding.

Vietnam Veteran Tim Iding took over as the new precession leader this year.

"I'm honored," said Iding.

Even though it may seem like a celebration. Memorial Day is not a happy day for all.

"It's a sad day for me. I hear a lot of people say, 'Happy Memorial Weekend.' Well to me, it's not a happy weekend," said Iding.

Not a happy weekend because it's a time for people to pay their respects, which hundreds did at the Union Grove Cemetery in Harshaw for the Veteran's Memorial Ceremony.
"I wouldn't miss it for anything in the world," said Vietnam Veteran David Hubatch.

Hubatch said seeing people come together to honor those who gave their lives means a lot.

"It's improved so much [since I got out of the war]. [IIt's nice] to see that the people appreciate us veterans and what we did for our country," said Hubatch.

But Hubacth wasn't the only one touched.

"I had to choke back tears a few times because it was so moving," said Joni Mathews who was the guest speaker at the ceremony.

"It was just so heartfelt," said Mathews.

Even though the ceremony might have been hard for some people, Iding said he will always pay his respects, "It reminds me of the millions of people who died for the freedom of our country."

Story By: Erin Beu

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