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Hudson students observe Patriot Day

Willow River teacher and U.S. Army Reservist Kevin Knoke speaks to the students at Willow River Elementary School on Patriot Day, Tuesday, Sept. 11. Students gathered outside the school at the end of the day for the event. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 8
First responders and law enforcement from the American Legion and VFW Honor Guard, Hudson Police Department, St. Croix EMS, Hudson Fire Department, St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection gather at Willow River Elementary. The school recognized these representatives for their service on Patriot Day. 2 / 8
Willow River teacher and U.S. Army Reservist Kevin Knoke talks to students at the elementary school about heros on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The school gathered for an assembly to mark Patriot Day. 3 / 8
Firefighters from the Hudson Fire Department accepts gifts from students at Willow River Elementary School. 4 / 8
Willow River students present St. Croix County Sheriff’s deputies with a gift at the Patriot Day event Tuesday, Sept. 11.5 / 8
Students present a gift to representatives from St. Croix EMS at Willow River Elementary. 6 / 8
Officers from the Hudson Police Department receive a gift from Willow River Elementary students. 7 / 8
An officer with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is given a gift from Willow River Elementary staff. 8 / 8

Willow River Elementary students honored law enforcement and first responders for Patriot Day on Tuesday, Sept. 11, marking 17 years since the attacks on that date.

Representatives from the American Legion and VFW Honor Guard, Hudson Police Department, St. Croix EMS, Hudson Fire Department, St. Croix County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection were present at the event.

Willow River teacher and U.S. Army Reservist Kevin Knoke spoke to the students about how law enforcement and first responders work to keep them safe.

Knoke also spoke on what it means to be a hero, telling the kids the story of Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for women's education who was shot in retaliation for her beliefs. Knoke said being a hero is about courage and bravery.

"It starts with you guys," Knoke said. "It starts with you."

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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