A member of the Minnesota National Guard's honor guard passed a shrine dedicated to the fallen -- including soldier's helmet, boots, rifle and dog tags -- during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker1 / 4
Veterans stood at attention while taps was played by a Minnesota National Guard bugler on Memorial Day in Woodbury. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 4
Members of a joint ceremonial rifle squad comprising VFW Post 9024 and American Legion Post 501 stand at attention while a bugler plays "Taps" on Memorial Day in Woodbury. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker3 / 4
William B. Mozey Jr., a retired lieutenant colonel in the army, delivered the keynote address Monday during Memorial Day ceremonies at the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker4 / 4
Community members joined veterans of all stripes Monday to commemorate Memorial Day at the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial.
The event, which included traditional laying-of-the-wreath and three-volley gun salute ceremonies, stirred memories of war from keynote speaker William B. Mozey Jr., a retired lieutenant colonel in the army.
The veteran recalled stories from the Vietnam War and remarked on the bond that is formed among soldiers in combat. That bond transcends race and creed, he said.
"We are really decent, great people," Mozey told the crowd.
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau.
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