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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 24, 2014

Our 15th 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, 951st USMC Bravo Company, and Tomahawk American Legion Post 93 and Auxiliary who presented the colors in all their glory; bagpiper Greg Walsh 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 honor past and current military efforts for the freedoms we enjoy today.

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 23, 2015 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 2014 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
BMO Harris Bank
Bucket Heads Sportbar
Carlsons Funeral Home
CoVantage Credit Union
D & J Auto – Truck Repair
Daulquist Heating & Cooling
Debyle’s Inc.
Diel Insurance Group
First Weber Real Estate
J & B Auto Repair
Hildebrand-Russ Funeral Home
Hodag Gun & Loan
Key Insight Realty
Lurv’s Kozy Korner LLC
Musson Brothers Inc.
NCO Club
Nicolet National Bank
Northwoods State Bank
Park City Credit Union
Pat Huber
Pelican Ranch Inc.
People’s State Bank
Red Arrow Products LLC
Ripco Credit Union
Rocky’s Road House
Sacketts Bar
Seidl Law Offices
Steins Lincoln St. Liquor
Woodpecker Bar & Grill

Harshaw, WI

Alpine Resort
Bearskin Inn
Birchlake Bar & Resort
Dick & Kelly Herman & Family
Northwoods Store
Pinewood Golf Course
Skyline Helicopter

Tomahawk, WI

Generations Funeral Home
Kruegers Funeral Home
Lincoln County Cycle
Mary’s Hangout
Northwoods Pub
Pete’s Pump Septic Service
Stattons General Store
Tomahawk Ace Hardware
Tomahawk Monument Co.
United Steel Workers Local 460

Nokomis, WI

Best Western Lake Aire Motel
Ingman’s Service
Kracker Barrel
MayDay’s FishTrap
Portable Welding & Repair
Prairie Rapids Tavern
Schaefers Wharf

Minocqua, WI

Bolger’s Funeral Home Cremation Service

Harrison, WI

Craig & Shelia Lau

Eagle River, WI

Noble Aviation – Roger Shadick

Hazelhurst, WI

Circle A Aviation – Tim Ashe

Columbus, GA

Bill & Suki Pauke


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
Tammy Walters – Oneida County Veterans Service Officer
John Pauke – Assistant Scout Master Boy Scouts of America