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Workers Memorial ceremony downsized, observed on-line

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No rows of white crosses planted along the riverfront, and no playing of ‘Taps’ by a bugler. 

The yearly Workers Memorial Day ceremony conducted by La Crosse’s labor community every year on April 28th was short and simple this year, because of the virus outbreak. 

Representing the area Central Labor Council, president Tyler Tubbs went on-line from the Green Island gazebo Tuesday, and read a proclamation from La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat calling for stronger health standards in the workplace.

Tubbs also read the names of 89 area residents, from policemen to brewery workers and restaurant employees, who have died while on the job in past years.    

The La Crosse memorial ceremony has been an annual event for 30 years, usually held at the gazebo near the Mississippi River.

The AFL-CIO says 114 workers in Wisconsin died while on the job in 2018, and many more became ill from work-related diseases.

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.

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