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Veterans Ceremony – Union Grove Cemetery, Inc. is the non-profit organization responsible for producing the annual Veterans Memorial Ceremony in Harshaw, Wisconsin.

Our Mission

The Veterans Ceremony’s purpose is to provide each attendee a memorable experience, created from a collaboration of exceptional participants, that honors all aspects of America’s past military involvements. We strive to provide the emotional backdrop of Memorial Day against which attendees hailing from across this country can reflect on the lives of their passed loved ones.

A Special Purpose

Educating our younger attendees about this nation’s history concerning its veterans and their contributions is of utmost importance to our organization. For a nation that forgets its past cannot survive!

Ceremony Highlight Video

Click the image above to watch the video – Running time 9m:49s

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May 23, 2015

Our 16th Veterans Memorial Ceremony was a resounding success thanks in large part to the many contributions made by this year’s participants which included the following: Tim Ashe, Roger Shadick, and Steve Knight who piloted three World War II-era combat planes during the ceremony flyover; Skyline Helicopter who provided a chopper salute; the local VFW Post 2687, DAV Chapter 29, 273rd Engineer Company Sapper, USMC Bravo Company – Green Bay,WI, and Tomahawk American Legion Post 93 and Auxiliary who presented the colors in all their glory; Stephanie Schroeder; and the ladies of Trillium who provided the musical accompaniment; Joyce Endres; and the 8th Battery of Wisconsin, Veterans Light Artillery who provided the ceremony’s exclamation point with their wonderful Civil War-period cannon salute. Leading the motorcycle procession this year was Mike Wirth, 3rd Marine Division/1st Recon. And returning for the keynote address was Secretary John Scocos, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, who encouraged all in attendance to put aside political differences during this 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and continue to honor past and current military men and women for the freedoms we enjoy today regardless of individual positions on those past, present, and future military endeavors.

This year’s ceremony featured new participants Adventures in Spirit-Creative Ministry, who performed a crowd-favorite skit titled “An Honor To Serve,” and B.T. and Ginny Teska who provided the “Rolling Caisson” memorial tribute during the deceased veterans roll call.

If you’ve never experienced our event, please watch the highlight video by clicking the image above to see what you’ve been missing. We look forward to seeing you at the ceremony grounds Saturday, May 28, 2016 to honor all who gave some and those who gave all! Click this link to download this year’s ceremony flyer as an Adobe PDF document.

I absolutely believe, wholeheartedly, that this is the best program in the state of Wisconsin for Memorial Day ceremonies.

— Former WI State Senator Dave Zien

The presentation, the flyover, the music... It's one of the best that I've seen!

— Gerald Znowski,  Veterans of America M/C

We've been to a lot of different ceremonies, but this one is so special - there's not enough words to explain how awesome this really is!

— Bob Cankar,  Ultimate Sacrifice USA

I believe it's very annointed, not just special. It's hard to put into words, but people need to come and experience it for themselves.

— Meg Cankar,  Ultimate Sacrifice USA

About Our Ceremony

Each year on the last Saturday in May before Memorial Day, the Veterans Memorial Ceremony, held at The Veteran’s Monument in Union Grove Cemetery in Harshaw, Wisconsin, remembers and honors our veterans, their families, and our present day Armed Forces service men and women. Unlike most ceremonies, however, we extend our memoriam beyond speeches. Numerous presenters and hosts share one thought, “Respect and Remember”. Our ceremony serves as both a tribute to our past and present Armed Forces veterans and an education into the sacrifice our Armed Forces have made and continue to make to protect America’s freedom. Please join us and pay tribute to all who gave some and those who gave all!

Our 2015 Ceremony Sponsors

We would like to sincerely thank each and every sponsor of this year’s ceremony. Without your financial contributions, we would not be able to produce this annual event!

Rhinelander, WI

A-1 Septic Service
Associated Bank
Billy & Mickey’s Birchwood Lodge
Birchwood Lodge
BMO Harris Bank
Bucket Heads Sportbar
Carlsons Funeral Home
CoVantage Credit Union
“CPI” Concrete Products
Cross Country Bar & Grill
D & J Auto & Truck Repair
Dahlquist Heating & Cooling
Diel Insurance Group
J & B Auto Repair
H & H Septic Service
Hildebrand Funeral Home
Hodag BP
Hodag Gun & Loan
Hodag Mobile
Key Insight Realty
Gary Knudsen
Mike Lentz
Lumberjack Resource-Conservation & Development Council, Inc.
Lurvey’s Kozy Korner
Musson Brothers Inc.
NCO Club
Nicolet National Bank
Northwoods State Bank
Oneida County Tavern League
Park City Credit Union
People’s State Bank
Red Arrow Products LLC
Ripco Credit Union
James & Michael Roesler
Rocky’s Road House
Rusty Nail
Sackett’s Bar
Seidl Law Offices
Steve Spencer
Spencer’s Den
Stein’s Lincoln St. Liquor
Woodpecker Bar & Grill
WCYE Coyote 93

Harshaw, WI

Alpine Resort
Bearskin Inn
Birch Lake Bar & Resort
Harshaw Womens Aux.
Northwoods Store
Pinewood Golf Course
Skyline Helicopter

Tomahawk, WI

Arnott Plumbing & Heating
Arnott Trucking
Billy Bob’s Sports Bar & Grill
Generations Funeral Home
Ingman’s Parkway Pub
Ingman’s Service
JW Marcks
Kruegers Funeral Home
Lincoln County Cycle
Mary’s Hangout
Nelson’s County Market
Radio Shack
Vickie & Gregg Rummel
Stick’um Graphics & Design
The Auto Haus
The Happy Snapper
Tomahawk Ace Hardware
Tomahawk Community Bank
Tomahawk Furniture
Tomahawk Monument Co.
United Steel Workers Local 460
WJJQ 92.5

Irma, WI

Mary Ingman

Woodruff, WI

Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation
Bolger’s Funeral Home
Woodruff Ace Hardware

Sugar Camp, WI

Gator’s Landing
Rummy’s Bar
MoonDance Bar & Grill

Nokomis, WI

Best Western Lake Aire Motel
Chuck & Julie Garfield
Ingman’s Service
MayDay’s Fish Trap
Prairie Rapids Tavern
Schaefers Wharf
Twin Bay Resort
Walleye Lodge

Minocqua, WI

Lakeland Overhead Door Co.

Harrison, WI

Craig & Shelia Lau

Eagle River, WI

Cover to Cover Designers
Noble Aviation – Roger Shadick
WRJO 94.5

Hazelhurst, WI

Circle A Aviation – Tim Ashe

Woodboro, WI

Northwoods Entertainment

St. Germain

Northern Exchange

Coon Valley, WI

Chad, Candice & Emma Herman

Heafford Junction, WI

Kracker Barrel

Kassel, Germany

Steve, Margret & Sara Smith

Our Board of Directors

Rick Smith – President
Rodney Ingman – Vice President
Maria Sabourin – Secretary
Craig Lau – Treasurer
Mark Michie – Brigadier General Wisconsin National Guard
Gary Cirilli – Attorney
Tammy Walters – Oneida County Veterans Service Officer
Phill Gauthier – Special Forces (Retired)
John Pauke – Assistant Scout Master Boy Scouts of America