Student Nathan Kobilka salutes the flag and veterans while he and his fellow Boy Scouts sing The Star Spangled Banner at the elementary school’s Veterans Day program Nov. 8. (Photo by Sarah Young)1 / 4
Veteran Ernie Spinko, who served in the Navy for three years and was on a ship in the Gulf of Tonkin, beseeched the audience at St. Croix Central Elementary School’s Veterans Day program on Nov. 8, to volunteer at the county’s Veterans Service Office to drive disabled veterans to appointments, or help however they can. He also presented his grandson with his dog tags. (Photo by Sarah Young)2 / 4
:St. Croix Central Elementary School students sang many songs to honor veterans at their annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 8. Songs included Thank You, Soldiers, Grand Old Flag, This Land is Your Land and America. They also asked everyone to observe a moment of silence in memory of all veterans who have served America. (Photo by Sarah Young)
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Veterans Steve Erickson, who was in the Air Force, and Jennifer Morrow, who served in Wisconsin and Minnesota National Guard units, praised older veterans for paving the way for them to serve. They also said veterans didn’t receive such a warm welcome home when they returned from Vietnam, so they appreciate how veterans are honored now. (Photo by Sarah Young)
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Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004.