LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – The city of La Crosse declared Sunday Workers Memorial Day.
It was a day hosted by the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO that honored all the people who fell victim to workplace-related deaths and injuries.
Faith leaders and local officials – including La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat and State Senator Jennifer Shilling – spoke at the event at Green Island Park.
Many called for stricter business regulations and protections for workers.
"You have a right to go to work and earn your daily bread, support your family, and come back home at night. So when that doesn't happen, when you lose your life in the pursuit of a paycheck, I think we owe it to those people, and to their family, those they leave behind, to honor that sacrifice," said Bill Brockmiller, president of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO.
Those in attendance placed about 70 memorials in the park. Each one was in honor of a Western Wisconsin person who lost his or her life on the job.
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