MADISON (WKOW) -- Seats were filled during a Veterans Day ceremony at the state Capitol Sunday to honor those who have served.
The event was put on by the Madison Veterans Council and featured music from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1318 Band and several speakers. Brian Ziegler, President of the Badger Honor Flight and Louis Matjasko, Executive Director of Circle of Change spoke about what their programs offer to veterans.
Madison couple Kermit and Ruth Hugo represented their daughter Rachael Hugo, who died in Iraq in 2007. She was working as a combat medic for the Army. "She had an outgoing spirit, friendly to everyone wanted to be liked and she had the biggest smile that was like her mom," Kermit Hugo said.
Retired Marine Randy Bouzek of Sun Prairie didn't attend any ceremonies or parades Sunday, instead he visited a friend he lost while serving in Iraq at the Roselawn Cemetery in Monona. Bouzek deployed five times and served a total of 20 years in the Marines after joining straight out of high school. His last deployment was to the "Triangle of Death," an especially dangerous part of Iraq but he says his time there was well spent.
"By the time we left to come home, the kids were playing soccer in their yards, families were hanging laundry on the strings, there were gardens being grown, so life was coming back to the city itself where there wasn't before," he said. Bouzek retired in 2006. He's now in the Business Management Program at Madison College and will graduate in May.
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