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Fallen soldiers honored at Fox Valley ceremony

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - A tribute to fallen Fox Valley soldiers was held at the Outagamie County courthouse in Appleton Saturday.

The afternoon ceremony highlights Staff Sergeant Matthew Hermanson, who was a 2006 graduate of Appleton North High School.

Hermanson was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 after enemy forces attacked his unit.

Family members said they're proud of his service, but still struggle around this time each year.

"It's hard because he died at the end of April. So all of May is always hard," his brother Nate Hermanson told FOX 11.

Hermanson had already completed a 14-month tour of duty in Iraq before being sent to Afghanistan in November 2011.

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