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Memorial Day observance draws big crowd

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The Memorial Day observances at Willow River Cemetery drew a large crowd on a beautiful summer-like day. The presentation was sponsored by American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2115. The only flaw in the event was a breakdown of the portable speaker system -- all speakers were required to speak “extra loud.”

The guest speaker was Vern Louehr, commander of VFW Post 10818 in New Richmond. His military career was in the U.S. Air Force, 1961 to 1965 as a Chinese linguist. He served in the Korean Air Service 1963-1964.

The Willow River service included members of the Boy Scouts, Hudson High School band (Ryan McCarthy director), Miss Hudson royalty and local veterans, including a military salute by the American Legion-VFW Honor Guard.

A service was also held early that day at St. Patrick Cemetery. Members of the Hudson Memorial Day Committee include Gordon Knudson, John Helgeson, Merlin Blaisdell and Geri Campbell. James Fosse is commander of VFW Post 2115 and Gordon Knudson is commander of American Legion Post 50.

Doug Stohlberg
Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.
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