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Minnesota reflects, remembers on Memorial Day

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Minnesota looks to express its gratitude and appreciation for its veterans each day, and on this Memorial Day, take a special moment to reflect on their courage and conviction and remember those who fought for us.

"The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we -- in a less final, less heroic way -- be willing to give of ourselves." – Ronald Reagan, Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982.

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MINNESOTA EVENTS

Sen. Al Franken speaking events

At 1 p.m., Sen. Al Franken will be at the Veterans Memorial outside Cottage Grove City hall and speak at the community's Memorial Day Tribute.

Sen. Franken will make a special presentation to Daniel Swalm of Minneapolis on the Capitol Mall at 2:30, whose grandmother was unjustly stripped of her U.S. citizenship when she married a legal immigrant in 1914.

He also spoke with Sen. Amy Klobuchar in a ceremony at Fort Snelling at 10 a.m.

Fort Snelling

From 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., you can travel through the past with a special living timeline of military life through history. Costumed staff and re-enactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniform and equipment displays as well as weapons demonstrations. See large-scale military demonstrations throughout the day, play children's games, and explore Minnesota's oldest military post.

Veterans receive free admission.

Schedule:
10:15 a.m. - Morning Parade Ceremony / Flag Raising
11 a.m. - Infantry Drill / Musket Firing
11:30 a.m. - Rounders Game
12 p.m. - Military Timeline Presentation / Weapons Firing
12:30 p.m. - Fife & Drum Performance
1 p.m. - Cannon Drill / Firing
1:30 p.m. - Rounders Game
2 p.m. - Infantry Drill / Musket Firing
2:30 p.m. - 1800s Dancing
3 p.m. - Military Timeline Presentation / Weapons Firing
3:30 p.m. - Fife & Drum Performance
4 p.m. - Cannon Drill / Firing
4:30 p.m. - Retreat Parade Ceremony / Flag Lowering
5 p.m. - Fort closes

Memorial Day at Lakewood Cemetery

Lakewood Cemetery on 3600 Hennepin Avenue South in Minneapolis is honoring veterans and remembering loved ones with a memorial ceremony and tours and activities in the afternoon.

Events include a gospel quartet led by Robert Robinson, keynote address by Douglas P. Bekke, curator of the Minnesota Military Museum and World War I historian and the Minneapolis Police Band.

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR STATEMENT

“On this Memorial Day, we remember those brave men and women and their families who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.

We can never truly repay the debt we owe to them. But what we can do is honor them by taking care of their families and remembering those who are still with us; to ensure opportunities are available to our service members when they take off the uniform and transition into civilian life.

Consider Tom Tuccitto of Scandia. Tom passed away in 2007, but I was honored to meet his family at a Vietnam vets ceremony in Forest Lake where a scholarship was given in his honor. Tom served in Vietnam as a sergeant and squad leader. By the time his tour had ended, Tom had been wounded twice in action, earning two Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars and a Bronze Star.

He had already given so much of himself. But stepping away from service simply wasn’t in Tom’s character. He went to work for 3M for 40 years and served as a volunteer firefighter, continuing to save lives. He also coached youth football, hockey, baseball and softball.

Tom is not an isolated example. The drive to make their communities and country a better place is the same spark that all our service members and veterans share.

Unfortunately, whether it is with education, employment, health care, or reintegration, we know our service members face many challenges as they transition out of the military and into civilian life. The unemployment rate for veterans of the post-9/11 wars has gotten better in recent years, but it is still significantly above the national average, and it shouldn’t be. Veterans are disciplined, dedicated, and bring valuable experience to the table. They have life-saving skills that can help keep our communities strong and safe.

“Minnesotans have always understood the debt we owe our veterans. Let’s keep that tradition strong this Memorial Day and honor those we have lost by keeping our promises to their families and to those veterans and service members still with us today."



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