Color Guard 8th Wi Infantry courtesy of State WI
April 11, 2012
-- Each year we have shared in the force and power of the civil war artillery that marks a special part of our ceremony, this year we will remember the wars effects on this country with a special tribute to the 8th battery of WI Veterans Light Artillery.
Four years of brutal conflict were marked by historic battles at Bull Run (Manassas), Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg, among others. The War Between the States, as the Civil War was also known, pitted neighbor against neighbor and in some cases, brother against brother. By the time it ended in Confederate surrender in 1865, the Civil War proved to be the costliest war ever fought on American soil, with some 620,000 of 2.4 million soldiers killed, millions more injured and the population and territory of the South devastated.
We remember and honor the veterans and their families, along with our present day armed forces men and women. As the flags fly proudly over the ceremony grounds, we honor, “All Gave Some and Some Gave All.
For a first time visitor, this is more than a ceremony and tribute. It is an education into the Armed Forces, respect, tributes, dedication and appreciation to those that have sacrificed in making America a free country. The POW/MIA Remembrance Service will be presented by the reorganized group named “Remembrance”
who stage an interpretive ceremony that will bring memories and tears to your eyes as the precision reenactment of Remembrance is staged. Additionally, the “Ultimate Sacrifice, USA, Inc.” will once again follow their mission of respect and remembrance and join the ceremony as one of their traveling stops across the country.
To say this is just a Memorial ceremony is a mere understatement. This is a "remembrance, tribute and appreciation"
, to communicate the importance of our veterans in our Armed Forces, both deceased and alive today. Unlike most ceremonies, we extend our ceremony beyond speeches. The numerous presenters and hosts will all being sharing one thought, "respect and remember".
What began as a humble appreciation for a passing veteran and father, Dewey Smith, who's outstanding service contributions, made a difference in many lives, became a Veteran’s Memorial at the Union Grove Cemetery, listed as the 9th Veteran's Memorial, recognized by the State in Northern WI.
The Memorial Day Ceremony is held every Saturday, before Memorial Day at the Union Grove Cemetery located in Cassian Township, Oneida County, Harshaw, WI. Ceremony begins at 11:30 am. You are encouraged to bring your own seating.
Donations and participation is always welcome. Mail donations to: Richard Smith, Harshaw WI at 8848 County Road N, Tomahawk, WI or email for ceremony information and details to veteransceremonyharshaw@