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Kuboy speaks at Memorial Day service today

The public is invited to the 2016 Woodbury Memorial Day observance to be held at the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30.

Color guards of the Woodbury High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), the American Heritage Girls and the Woodbury Boy Scout Troop No. 559 will lead the Woodbury American Legion/Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Rifle Squad to the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial.

Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens will present the welcoming remarks.

Staff Sgt. (R) Marcus Kuboy, a Woodbury resident, will give the Memorial Day address.

Kuboy served in the insurgency phase of the Iraq War as a medic in A Company, 2-136 Mechanized Infantry of the Minnesota National Guard. He will present his experiences while deployed in Iraq and how being severely injured by a roadside bomb has affected his life. Kuboy struggled with many surgeries and endured 14 months at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. During his long recovery, he faced the choice to either "get bitter or get better." With great determination, Kuboy has recovered and will relate how the choices he made have impacted his life.

After hospitalization, Kuboy earned a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Scholastica and a master's from the University of St. Thomas in clinical social work. He is a C.O.R.E, case management, outreach, referral and education veteran services specialist and mental health practitioner at the Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota.

World War II re-enactor Harold Bottolfson will be outfitted in a World War II uniform, and his World War II staff car and M3A1 scout car will be on display.

The veterans memorial is located just east of the Woodbury City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road. Parking is available at the the city hall and additional parking is available at the Woodbury Public Safety building, 2100 Radio Drive, and the Woodbury License Center, 2150 Radio Drive. The nearby Public Safety building and the license center are just south of Valley Creek Road, on the west side of Radio Drive, and it is just a very short walk to the Veterans Memorial from these locations.

In case of inclement weather, the Memorial Day observance will be relocated to the nearby Woodbury Fire Apparatus Building, which is part of the Woodbury Public Safety building.

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