Gaylord Nelson: Wisconsin And The Nation's " Environmental Champion"

The man who spent his lifetime championing environmental causes and served as Wisconsin's governor and U-S senator is memorialized Wednesday at the State Capitol.

A host of dignitaries are on hand for the
memorial service for Gaylord Nelson, including past and present Governors Jim Doyle, Scott McCallum, Tommy Thompson, Patrick Lucey and Martin Schreiber -- as well as the state's congressional delegation.

The Earth Day founder died of cardiovascular failure July 3rd at his Maryland home. He was 89.

Wilderness Society President Bill Meadows says Nelson strongly believed in always asking the question "If we intrude on this work of nature, what will the consequences be?" Meadows says Nelson also believed that the economy was a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment.

Longtime friend, Congressman Dave Obey calls Nelson the "best and sweetest man in politics he's ever known." Obey says Nelson would tell those that believe in him to carry on and don't ever give up the fight.