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Wreath ceremony conducted at Rotary Lights

Brad Williams

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La Crosse veteran Louis Ferris places a wreath during a Saturday ceremony honoring the armed forces at Riverside Park

A Christmas-time recognition of Americans who have served in the military was held at locations around the country today…including on La Crosse’s riverfront.

The ice castle at Rotary Lights hosted a “Wreaths Across America” ceremony at 11 a.m., the same time that similar events were scheduled throughout the U.S.    

Local veterans and other volunteers placed wreaths representing seven branches of the military. 

Other local wreath ceremonies were scheduled at cemeteries, and at the Veterans Memorial Monument at UW-La Crosse.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.