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

This year 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 especially remember the Wisconsinites who died in service from January 17, 1991 to September 11, 2001.

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 who gave the ultimate sacrifice. While we will be joining some socially distanced events, for those who are commemorating at home, here is a way to remember and honor those who have passed on.

Remember and Share

Let's join together as an online community to remember and honor Wisconsin’s veterans. A Wisconsin Memorial Day profile frame is available for download on Facebook and we also encourage the use of #WIRemember to tag any Memorial Day related posts. We also hope you’ll join us in our mission to honor every Wisconsinite who served, by donating a photograph.

Add a Facebook Frame

Use this Facebook frame on your profile picture. Search for it on Facebook by choosing “Add Frame” to your profile picture and searching #WIRemember.

Donate a Photo

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum staff has a mission to remember every Wisconsinite who has served by connecting their name with their photograph. Consider donating a photo by clicking the button and following the submission instructions.

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, Twitter, and Instagram

Commemorate at Home

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

For a creative activity to observe Memorial Day, download this guide for making poppies with items you probably have at home. When you're through, we'd love for you to share you poppies with us at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Use the button below to learn more.

Reading List

For the young readers in your life, download this list of books about Memorial Day.  These books will help explain this significance of the day and the symbols of observance. The reading list pairs well with the other activities on this page.

Dedicate a Poppy

Follow the step-by-step instructions to search the American Battle Monuments Commissions' database for your family connection to fallen service members, discover why poppies are the symbol of Memorial Day, and get ideas for sharing on social media.

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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