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River Crest Elementary honors veterans

Members of the River Falls Honor Guard salute the flag before retiring it. The members gave a demonstration on flag etiquette during the event. (photos by Rebecca Mariscal)1 / 7
Corey O’Keefe, a teacher at River Crest Elementary, tells students and visitors about his time in the military.2 / 7
Students and teachers put their hands on their hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance.3 / 7
Kindergarten students perform the song “We Love Our Flag” during the service.4 / 7
Current or previous members of the U.S. Army stand to be recognized during the event. Those who served in all branches of the military were honored.5 / 7
Olivia LeBlanc, right, speaks about veterans during the service, with Isabella Marquardt, Anna Paulson and Principal Coppenbarger behind her.6 / 7
A letter to a veteran from a River Crest Elementary students sits on a table during a reception after the event.7 / 7

River Crest Elementary School hosted a Veterans Appreciation Service Friday afternoon to honor those who have served ahead of Veterans’ Day on Nov. 11.

The service included a ceremony and reception, with about a hundred veterans recognized during the event.

River Crest teacher Corey O’Keefe spoke about his service in the military as the main speaker. The event also featured a video message from First Lieutenant Kevin Graving who is stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, student speeches from Olivia LeBlanc, Anna Paulson and Isabella Marquardt, and songs by student classes.

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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