Summerfest holds Military Appreciation Day on 20th anniversary of 9/11

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- In remembrance of the September 11th anniversary, Summerfest held a Military Appreciation Day to honor veterans, service members and remember all the lives lost and impacted on Sept. 11 2001.

All veterans and active-duty personnel, along with up to four family members, were allowed onto the festival grounds for free today at Summerfest.

The Big Gig also hosted a Military Appreciation Day Ceremony where people were able to recognize the men and women who put their lives on the line protecting this country.

Many used their speaking time at the event to motivate other veterans to lead by example in the community.

"We can't do it alone yall. That's our community, our neighbors, our family. And that's something that the people out here and I saw a lot of yall raise their hands. If you've worn the uniform you understand it. Lead by example. Set that example for others to follow," said Keni Thomas, a U.S. Army Veteran who spoke at the ceremony.

Representatives from each of the other military branches also spoke at today's event.

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