Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude.

General John A. Logan’s proclamation for the first Decoration [Memorial] Day, May 1868

Remembering Wisconsinites Who Died in Service

In the year 2021, our nation marks the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. This Memorial Day, we choose to remember the Wisconsinites who were killed in service during that time.

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum staff compiled these names with the help of data from the National Archives.

If you believe there is an error or omission, please contact us.



Traditionally, Memorial Day is commemorated with public gatherings at cemeteries like the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, churches, and memorials for ceremonies and dedications. We gather as communities to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country, and in those communal remembrances we find peace and gratitude. Unfortunately, in this time of social distancing we cannot host those kind of events. But we can still remember and honor those who have passed on in a more unique way than ever before – by bringing Memorial Day to you in your own home.

Governor Tony Evers Video

Governor Tony Evers Video

WDVA Secretary Kolar Video

WDVA Secretary Kolar Video

Dignitary Tribute Gallery

Remember and Share

Add a Facebook Frame

Virtually place a flag and flowers a Wisconsin hero’s headstone by using this Facebook frame on your profile picture. Search for it on Facebook by choosing “Add Frame” to your profile picture and searching #WIRemember.

Submit a Photo

Visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum to submit a photo from your service.


Let's Connect

Now that we’ve met, let’s be friends. Follow the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Commemorate and Share

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering, honoring, and mourning the military personnel who have passed while serving in the United States Armed Forces. To assist you in observing this important day from home, we have gathered respectful activities that you can use to commemorate, honor, and respect those who have died in military service.

Make A Poppy


Reading List

Take a look, it's in a book with KEVIN HAMPTON

Dedicate a Poppy


Color Window Flag

Place a Window Flag

Artfully show your support this Memorial Day. Download this American flag coloring page or draw your own and place it in a window for all to see. You can even draw the flag with chalk on your sidewalk or driveway.

Flag Etiquette

Learn Flag Etiquette

The presentation of the American flag to the fallen’s family is a moving tribute that honors the memory of one’s service to his or her country. A step-by-step guide for folding the flag can be downloaded below.

Missing Man

Set a Missing Man Table

A Missing Man Table is a memorial set up in military dining facilities in honor of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service members. You can do the same at home with this downloadable instruction sheet.

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