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Central HS and others observe Memorial Day online

Brad Williams

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A yearly tradition in La Crosse which is nearly a century old was not going to be stopped by a virus in 2020.     

The La Crosse Central Robed Choir sang during a pre-recorded virtual Memorial Day ceremony this year. 

This was the 98th year of Central’s holiday observance, which usually happens outside the school along Losey Boulevard on the Friday before Memorial Day. 

But instead of the live event, Central recorded a shortened version of the program, including video clips of the raising of the U.S. flag and the playing of “Taps.”    

The usual Memorial Day program at La Crosse’s Riverside Park was cancelled for this year, and planners recorded a special video which was broadcast on Monday. 

The pre-recorded ceremony included a 21-gun salute conducted at La Crosse’s Oak Grove Cemetery.  

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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