The St. Louis County Historical Society and its Veterans Memorial Hall Program invites the public to the formal installation of the country’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor awarded posthumously to Major Henry A. Courtney, Jr. United States Marine Corps, by former President Harry S. Truman. The original Medal of Honor is housed with Freedoms Foundation (Pennsylvania). Though unsuccessful in borrowing the original Medal of Honor, Society staff was successful in acquiring a replica to be displayed with honor in the VMH Gallery.
Major Courtney “…by his astute military acumen, indomitable leadership and decisive action in the face of overwhelming odds, had contributed essentially to the success of the Okinawa Campaign and his great personal valor throughout sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the United States Navel Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”
The event will be held November 12, 2018 at 1:30 PM at the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) in the Great Hall. The Duluth Honor Guard will present the colors before the installation, and remarks will be made by Court Storey, Major Courtney’s nephew.
The event is free and open to the public.
Veterans Memorial Hall was established in 1909 and is a program of the St. Louis County Historical Society. It is the mission of Veterans Memorial Hall to preserve and collect veterans’ stories and artifacts, and to educate the general public about the history of veterans from northeastern Minnesota.