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Marshfield hosts annual Memorial Day events

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

Memorial Day is a day for parades, 21 gun salutes, the playing of TAPS, and reunions of soldiers.

In Marshfield, hundreds of people lined the streets for the annual Memorial Day parade.

People could be heard all over applauding the veterans as they marched on with pride.

"This day to me is remembering all the members of the armed forces that have served," said Mike Feirei, Veteran.

But for many people Memorial Day is Summer's first big holiday, a time for picnics, barbecues, and camping.

"Veterans don't look at it that way," added Feirei.

Feirei served in the Air Force.

For more than 40 years he has helped the town of Marshfield celebrate Memorial Day.

"I've never left Marshfield for Memorial Day," said Feirei.

At one point the town of Marshfield came close to canceling the Memorial Day events all together.

But veterans stepped in, and made sure that didn't happen.

Today the parade is around 30 minutes long.

"We figured we'd march if there was only two of us," added Feirei.

The Hillside Cemetery program came immediately after the parade.

The program featured dozens of soldiers and Marines in uniform.

Thousands of American flags could be seen dancing in the wind.

"Right now we're putting out about 2,000 flags every year," said Feirei.

Marshfield's celebration concluded at the American Legion post 54.

With the traditional memorial day food favorites such as hot dogs, hamburgers and beans.

Jerry Sprecht is a regular at the American Legion, and he's also a veteran.

Sprecht could be seen proudly wearing his military hat as he shared stories with the others.

"It's something that you're proud of, and it's something that I'll always be proud of," said Sprecht.

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