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Memorial Day observance draws big crowd

Members of the Miss Hudson Court provided the service of distributing flowers on veterans' graves. The court members are, from left, Queen Bethany Klanderman, Princess Chelsea Bates, Princess Emily Holman and Princess Josie Gall. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Doug Stohlberg)1 / 9
Members of the American Legion Post 50 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2115 Color Guard paid tribute to veterans during the Memorial Day observances at Willow River Cemetery Monday. Members of the color guard include, from left, Bernie McSorley, Chuck McGee, Jay Livermore, Art Feyereisen, James Fosse, Dave McDonald, Mark Schiltgen, Karol Strey and Mike Schlegel. Leading the group is John Helgeson, right. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Doug Stohlberg)2 / 9
Miss Hudson Princess Josie Gall lays flowers on the graves of veterans during Monday’s ceremony. Queen Bethany Klanderman, Princess Chelsea Bates and Princess Emily Holman also participated in the event.3 / 9
Guest speaker Vern Louehr makes a point during his presentation at Monday’s Memorial Day observance. He is commander of VFW Post 10818 in New Richmond.4 / 9
Members of the Hudson High School band under the direction of Ryan McCarthy and Nick Syman participated in the ceremony.5 / 9
Playing taps at the end of the Memorial Day observance were Hudson High School band members Megs Fry, left, and George Cidulka. 6 / 9
Gordon Knudson, commander of American Legion Post 50, welcomed Monday’s crowd.7 / 9
Members of Boy Scout Troops 140 (Bethel Lutheran Church) and 213 (United Methodist Church) took part in the flag-raising ceremony. The Scouts are, front from left, Nik Lundquist, Seth Storm, Carl Tremble and Luke Sames; back, Luke Raymond, Joseph Hansen, Brady Lundquist, Jordan Persinger, Nick Persinger and Andy Sommerfeld.8 / 9
Dave Kvarnes, a Korean War vet and chaplain of VFW Post 2115, provided the invocation and closing prayer.9 / 9

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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