Memorial Day ceremony pays tribute to fallen service members: 'You are laying down your life for an ideal'

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Lt. General Michael Lowe, Air Force speaks to Gold Star families at Chicago's annual Memorial Day ceremony. Photo credit Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago observed Memorial Day with a wreath-laying ceremony on the Daley Plaza and words from some who served the country in the armed forces.

Combat veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth addressed the crowd on the Daley Plaza, which included active-duty service men and women, veterans, and Gold Star families.

The Air National Guard veteran said Memorial Day to her, is both “joyous and sad.”

"When you serve, you're coming forward to defend our constitution and our freedoms for the entire nation-for people who will never your name, for people who will never know what you went through in your service," she said.

"When you your life down in that process, you are laying down your life for an ideal."

Lt. General Michael Lowe, Air Force, addressed the Gold Star Families.

"As I reflect on today and think about my friends and colleagues I have lost along the way, I say prayers in their names and I thank God that each and every one of them lived and died honorably for our nation defending our freedom."

The ceremony included a wreath-laying at the eternal flame.

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