Memorial observance

 The U.S. flag blew in a stiff breeze above Soldier's Circle at Antigo's Cemetery Thursday afternoon.

 Memorial Day may look and feel a bit different this year, but observances in the Antigo area will go forward this Monday, with a bit of social distancing thrown in.

Antigo’s traditional day of events gets underway at 8 a.m. at the Hudson Street Bridge with the  Lost at Sea Ceremony from 8:30 to 9 a.m. 

The parade will form and the rifle salute and taps will be performed at The Bay at East View at 9 a.m., followed by the Memorial Day parade  to the courthouse, lasting until approximately 9:45.

For those that are unable to attend the parade, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) will be offering a virtual commemoration, which will be available on their website.  The parade will also be broadcast on local radio.

Social distancing must be practiced by both participants and spectators, and no distribution of candy, toys, or any other items to those in attendance will be allowed.

A ceremony at the courthouse begins at 9:45 a.m. and will run until about 10:15.  The  lineup for the ceremony includes the opening  by Coordinator Dan Persen; opening prayer and posting of the colors by the Color Guard with Boy Scouts Troop 644 leading the Pledge of Allegiance;  unknown, fallen soldiers, POW and MIA soldiers flower wreath will then be presented by the  Honor Guard, the wreath will be provided by American Legion Post #3 Antigo).

Next up, the Honor Guard commander will present the rifle salute, with taps;  Gold Star Mothers and Families Ceremony will be presented by LeRoyer Hospice nurse, Sue Dressinger and Gold Star Mother Marsha Mattek.

At 10:15 a.m. the Vietnam Memorial honors with lraq and Afghanistan honorable mention, will be provided by Gold Star Family members Jim and Tom Benishek. 

Finally at 10:25 a.m. Persen will close the ceremony.   If rained out, the Hudson Street ceremony will go as scheduled with a courthouse short program Honor Guard rifle salute with taps at 9:00am 

Meanwhile in the northern portions of Langlade County, a handful of short cemetery services will start the day, with Enterprise Cemetery hosting the first at 8 a.m., followed by Star Neva at 8:15.

Saint Wenceslaus in Neva and the Jennings cemetery host 8:30 a.m. programs, with Kempster and the Pearson cemetery getting their events underway at 9 a.m.

The various groups will gather at the Upham Town Hall for a parade through Summit Lake at 10 a.m., followed by a Lakeside Cemetery program at 10:30.

The day concludes with a parade in Elcho, beginning at the United Church of Christ church at 11:30 a.m. and the Elcho cemetery program at noon.

White Lake, Phlox and Mattoon canceled all of their traditional programs due to COVID-19 concerns.