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La Crosse Central schedules 100th Memorial Day ceremony

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A La Crosse high school tradition is about to happen for the 100th time. 

Central High School will conduct its Memorial Day service at 9:20 am Friday — the usual date before the holiday. 

The Central ceremony is planned at the traditional location — the front entrance of the school on Losey Boulevard.

Central’s ceremony was first held in 1923, and it’s considered one of the longest-running Memorial Day events by any high school in the U.S.

Many area veterans attend the Central service in person.

Because of the pandemic, the Memorial Day service was virtual in 2020 and livestreamed for the public each of the past two years.

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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