Events & Programs

May 29: Installation Ceremony & Reception Honoring Major Henry A. Courtney, Jr.

Installation Ceremony & Public Reception

Honoring Medal of Honor Recipient

Major Henry A. Courtney, Jr., United States Marine Corps Reserve

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Depot Rotunda: Program & Reception

Veterans Memorial Hall:  Installation

 

Veterans Memorial Hall, a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society, announces the homecoming of the Medal of Honor awarded, posthumously, on December 30, 1947, to Duluthian Henry A. Courtney, Jr.  Major Courtney’s Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty, will be ceremoniously installed on Wednesday, May 29th at 2:00 PM with a program starting in the Depot Rotunda, followed by installation in the Veterans Memorial Hall Gallery, and ending with a free public reception.  Space is limited and guests are encouraged to call 218.733.7586 to reserve program seating.  Standing room is available.

Duluthian Henry Alexius Courtney, Jr. courageously gave his life in the service of his country on May 15, 1945, on Sugar Loaf Hill during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.  His remains were later brought home and he is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Duluth.     Members of the Courtney family will install the Medal, on loan from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in the Veterans Memorial Hall Gallery.

Military historian Alan M. Anderson, PhD will address the significance of the date May 29 to Major Courtney’s family and in the context of his remarkable story.

In addition, a dinner program event is scheduled for Friday, November 15, 2019 in the Depot Great Hall.  Retired Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Richard I. Neal, will be the keynote speaker.  The event honors Major Courtney and all Medal of Honor recipients from Northeastern Minnesota. Attendance is by reservation only.  Proceeds benefit the Veterans Memorial Hall Program Medal of Honor Row Exhibit.

For more information on either event contact the St. Louis County Historical Society at 218.733.7581.

Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1910 and is a joint program of the St. Louis County Historical Society and the military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota with a mission to gather, preserve, interpret, and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families and communities, through museum, archival and educational programs. Its website, www.vets-hall.org, features more than 7,000 veteran stories.

CANCELLED: History in a Pint on May 21, 2019

The May 21 “History in a Pint” has been CANCELLED, due to the Medal of Honor installation for Major Henry A. Courtney Jr. on May 29, 2019.

Watch for further details to come about the May 29 event!

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director JoAnne Coombe at 218.733.7581 or 218.348.7488.

May 18, 2019: VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk

 

Select VMH 5K to view the registration form.

 


 

Honoring Afghanistan Veterans     

Veterans Memorial Hall is again sponsoring the VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, May 18. The race begins at 9:00 AM. Join us for the race at The Other Place Bar and Grille, 3930 East Calvary Road in Duluth. Free parking is available for participants across the street in the Voyageur Bus Company lot. This annual event is open to all ages.

Runners may register ($25) on-line with a credit card at http://www.tempotickets.com/VMH5KRUN2019. Registration forms are also available at the administrative office of the St. Louis County Historical Society, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota or by clicking on RUN. Completed forms may be returned with payments (cash or check) to the Society’s administrative office.

Please direct questions to John Werner, Veterans Memorial Hall Advisory Committee Member at wernercsm@gmail.com.

Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1910 and is a joint program between the St. Louis County Historical Society and military service veterans of northeastern Minnesota. Its mission is to gather, preserve, interpret and promote the rich and diverse human experiences of veterans, their families and communities.  There are more than 7,500 veteran stories on the website www.vets-hall.org.

Businesses, please consider sponsoring this event.  Select sponsor form for details.

 
 
 
 
 
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