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VIDEO: Hundreds Attend Lance Corporal Daniel Wyatt Memorial Ball Diamond Dedication

Local soldier was killed in Iraq in 2004.

served in the Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Reserve regiment out of Milwaukee.

And it was with those men - Capt. Roman Koshkin and Col. Morgan Mann - who came to a memorial ceremony at Crawford Park to honor Wyatt's service to his country.

Hundreds of people gathered at the park to listen to Mann tell the story of Wyatt's death, which happened on October 12, 2004, and his life as a Marine. Several times Mann's voice cracked as he told how he heard and felt the explosion, how the radio came alive with the news that Daniel had died from the blast of an improvised explosive device and how Wyatt had most certainly saved his fellow Marines.

Village board member, Tom Weatherston, said he didn't know Wyatt, but when you've been in the armed services you become a brother.

Thin Blue Line July 10, 2011 at 09:54 AM
Very nice video, well put together. Thank you Denise.
Denise Lockwood July 10, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Happy to do it.
Mark Maley July 10, 2011 at 09:03 PM
Nice job, Denise....You did an outstanding job of capturing this moving ceremony.
Denise Lockwood July 10, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Thanks Maley!
Greta Mueller July 11, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Thank you to Lance Cpl. Daniel Wyatt for his service and ultimate sacrifice. May you rest in peace and may we never forget that sacrifice. Thank you to the Wyatt family for fostering an environment that produced a young man that believed service to his country was an honor. Thanks also to Trustee Weatherston for spearheading the fundraising efforts for this memorial.
Denise Lockwood July 11, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Tom and everyone involved in this ceremony did a great job. Caledonia really showed how they can come together. Listening to Colonel Mann was moving. I'm also going to work on putting up David's response. What a gracious and kind man. I thought it was excellent that he talked to the kids. You have to wonder if they will grow up remembering who Daniel was. But now that they know the "secret" of what was put into the cement at the base of the flag pole will always likely bring a smile to their faces.
Tom Cobb March 10, 2012 at 06:43 AM
I played the pipes at Daniel's funeral and also at this dedication-----being retired military I found these two occasions to be among he most memorable I have experienced. Tom C

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