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"The presentation, the flyover, the music.... It's one of the best that I've seen!"
 
                          Gerald Znowski,  Veterans of America M/C
About Our Ceremony
 
Each year on the last Saturday in May  before  Memorial Day, the Veterans Memorial Ceremony, held at the Veterans Monument, ..( Union Grove Cemetery), .. in Harshaw, WI,  remembers and honors our veterans, their families, and our present day armed forces service men and women. Unlike most ceremonies, 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 military has made , and continue to make , to protect america's freedoms.  Please join us and pay tribute to all who gave some, and those "who gave all!"
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This years 17th annual service began for the set up crew friday @ 8:00 a.m. in the morning. The Ozaukee Guzzlers M/C , was once again at the cemetery working hard making all the preperations for this event to take place. Without them, it would take the entire day to make it ready for Saturdays memorial service.

Light overcast at 4:30a m. (SAT), turned into a quiet clearing sky by 7:00 am. Preliminary music started at 10:58 a.m.

11:30 A.M. the ceremony began with Rick Smith giving the introduction.

The Girl Scout Troop 7091 led the mornings "Pledge of Allegiance".  

Bagpiper Mike O'Connell brung in the "Colors" presented by the Tomahawk Area Veterans Honor Guard, escorted by Sgt. Stradford's unit "Bravo Co." USMC, with Joe Miller smudging.

Highlights this year was guest speaker Chief warrant Officer 4 Tim Bahr, Noble Aviation Roger Shadick made his fly over at 11:40 on the dot. Cannons roared from the 8th Veterans Light Artillery of WI. ,and Major John Pelhams Battery ANV. The veterans salute, with timely stopped positions was executed by "Sparky" of skyline helicopter service.

A special tribute was given by Rick Smith on behalf of the Veterans Ceremony-U.G.C.,Inc.
We remember one of our own..."Mike Wirth" who led the Einar Ingman Jr. veterans memorial motorcycle honor procession. Mike passed away May 12th, 2017, and was a very close friend.
He was a Vietnam veteran 1965-1967 in the USMC.  - A.K.A. "Sniper Mike"......... R.I.P.  Bro.

As "Roll Call" was being read, poppys were placed by Heidemarie Emmert and Cheryl Kempen, and a solemn procession began... escorted by our military branches was the "Rolling Caisson" slowing being pulled into place, to it's respective position by the Veterans Monument. The "Caisson" is a life's work of honor and respect that BT and Ginny Teska have been doing for over a decade.

Wreaths of Honor were placed by John Pauke and Veterans of America M/C

Returning "Adventures in Spirit -Creative Ministry"  preformed "The Fallen- Not Forgotten", directed by Charlotte Wyles, and as always they were outstanding and the audience were highly receptive to the message being displayed.

"Trillium" sang all the days songs with passion and ended the service bringing everyones spirits back to a place , to where people leave with a touch of closure in their hearts.

Pastor Hans Juergen Heisinger gave the afternoons  heartfull Benediction.........

As the last  cannon fire and rifle volleys rang out, and Joe Blunk played "Taps"..... All payed respect as our "Colors"  were once again retired for the service.


A huge THANK YOU goes out to all the people behind the scenes that have given their time helping with this event!!!!!!!!!!!

And a SPECIAL Thank You to the women at the Cassian Town Hall, for their hard work, and the delicious lunch that they served.



Next Years ceremony --MAY 26th, 2018










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16th Annual Veterans Ceremony - May 28th, 2016   (Last Years)

                The morning was a heavy overcast scene for the final set ups that were taking place
at 7:00a.m. Around 9:30a.m., the rain started lightly as participants were arriving, and   
continued up to 10:45a.m. The "Einar Ingman  Veterans  Memorial motorcycle Honor procession"
led by Mike Wirth (USMC retired), arrived at 11:03 a.m., coming in from the American Legion Post
93 in Tomahawk WI. as the preliminary music was playing.
                                                              
All checks "good", last prayers were made, running on time, introductions started, and the Ceremony began at 11:30 am.  Joe Miller smudging the ranks before  entering..The presentation
of Colors were called, and escorted in by the Tomahawk area Veterans Honor Guard, along with
the Army National  Guard units -273rd Engineer Co, & 724th Engineer BN "Sapper", with the squad
leader Sgt. Frank Mueller.  S/sgt. Erik Fritz, squad leader for the USMC Bravo Co., and U.S. 7th Calvary Tony Seaman joined, as Stephanie Schroeder played the cadence march on her bag pipes.

The Girl Scout Troop 7091 led the audience with the "Pledge of Allegiance", and the "Never Forgotten Honor Flight" girls group called "Trillium" sang our National Anthem, as Tim Ashe was
given an open window for the strategic fly over in his T-6.  The 8th Veterans light artillery sounded off with their civil war period cannon with a thunderous boom!, followed by Major John Pelhams
Battery ANV's blast from their cannon.  Pastor Hans Juergen Heisinger gave the mornings invocation with a calming but uplifting message. 
 
Then "Roll Call" by Maria Sabourin and retired  Army Sgt. Craig lau, as Heidemarie Emmert and Cheryl Kempen placed the poppy's. John Pauke and Veterans of America M.C. placed the  wreaths.
 
The rain resumes to a steady down pour..... The group "Adventures in Spirit - Creative Ministry" of 
Tomahawk, led by Charlotte Wyles, performed "An Honor to Serve" brilliantly receiving a heartfelt response from the audience, as one could see many wiping a tear.......

Secretary John Scocos of the WI Veterans of Affairs called in all Military Ranks and presented the  Einar Ingman family a "Rememberance Plaque" on behalf of the Veterans Ceremony Board, honoring Sgt. Ingman as the last "Congressional Medal of Honor" recipient in Wisconsin of the  Korean War.  Sgt. Ingman received his award from President Harry Truman on July 5th, 1951. 
Einar once stated : "He wore the medal for men and country, and that he wore the medal not for himself, but for everyone who has served".
Mr. Ingman passed  in September 9th 2015. A  Legacy Stone was purchased on his behalf by the Veterans Ceremony Board, and placed in the walk way of the Veterans Memorial Monument
by Gail Winnie. (Chairman of Veterans Monument Committee).

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After  retired-BG Mark Michie  finished his speech honoring Military individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty, another open window in the skies , and the "Veterans Chopper Salute" by "Sparky"
revitalized the crowd from there wet,... "soaked to the gills" state, as all joined in, as a sense of intensified respect came over the cemetery honoring our past veterans.

Tammy Pelzman's introduction to the POW/MIA table ceremony ,with a sobering reading called
"Don't Tell Me He is Missing", gave a true meaning to this important segment of the ceremony.
Military units came to attention,and veterans Mike Wirth, Tim Sanders, Phill Gauthier and the Veterans of America M.C. also stood and recognized their missing and fallen comrades.

After "Trillium" sang there last tunes,..the pastor gave the Benediction, another cannon blast or two, the rifle volleys from both the National Guard and the USMC,... "Taps" was played, ending this years
ceremony. It will go down in history as one of the best ceremonies ever!!!.  The people who came to 
this event are truly the most patriotic folks in this country. Our respect goes out to all of you!!!!!!!
For all of the participants... The most heartfelt THANK YOU!!!, To all of our support team and the ones unmentioned behind the scenes, and to the ladies "Veterans Memorial Monument " volunteers at the Town Hall of Cassian...... serving all the folks.... THANK YOU!!!!

They Will Not Be Forgotten....
​God Bless

 Our Board of Directors      Officers     
 
Rick Smith, Chairman
John Pauke, Vice Chair    
Maria Sabourin, Secretary
Craig Lau,Treasurer
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Mark Michie, Brigadier General, Wisconsin National Guard
 
Gary Cirilli, Attorney at Law
 
Phill Gauthier, Retired Special Forces
   
Cindy Wright , Branch Manager,
​Peoples State bank
 
Mary Ingman, Associate member of: Army Chapter of the Chosin Few & KWVA - Korean War Veterans Association
 
  
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If you've never experienced our event, please watch the highlight video by clicking on the image, and see what you are missing. We look forward to seeing you at the ceremony . 
Saturday, May 26th 2018 .
 
 
Preliminary music begins @ 11:10 A.M.   Ceremony starts @  11:30 A.M.  Bring a chair for comfort, latrines on site, and free water will be available.
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