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Veterans Day marked at county courthouse

Members of the Veterans Memorial Honor Guard perform a rifle salute during the Veterans Day Program at the St. Croix County Courthouse on Friday, Nov. 9. The annual ceremony marks the holiday on Sunday, Nov. 11. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Karen Humphrey speaks about her grandmother, Aimee O’Keefe Kinney, a U.S. Army nurse who served in World War I, during the Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 9 in Hudson. Kinney served as a nurse in France during the war. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Fifth-graders from Hudson Prairie Elementary School sing a song of thanks to veterans during the Veterans Day Ceremony st St. Croix County Courthouse in Hudson. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
The Hudson High School band performs the Navy Hymn during the St. Croix County Veterans Day Program. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

A wintery day set the scene for thanks and remembrance at the annual Veterans Day Program at the St. Croix County Courthouse on Friday, Nov. 9.

This year's speaker Karen Humphrey told the crowd gathered about her grandmother, Aimee O'Keefe Kinney, a U.S. Army nurse during World War I.

Kinney served in France during the war. After returning home, she became the first woman commander of an American Legion in Wisconsin in 1936.

"Aimee would have been proud to know that her legacy lives on not only from her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren but also for our country, to see that people are still stepping up and being a part of something bigger than themselves," Humphrey said.

The Hudson High School band and fifth-graders from Hudson Prairie Elementary School performed song selections during the program.

Bill Rouleau of Tee It Up for the Troops presented donations to two VFW posts and an American Legion post.

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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