Since our nation’s beginning 241 years ago, more than 1.1 million sons and daughters have died in wars. Those deaths have touched generations and are why we commemorate a special day for the fallen on Memorial Day. One way to honor the fallen on Memorial Day is to fly the flag at half-staff until noon, and then raise it to the top until sunset.
Last year, 38 million people took flight on Memorial Day weekend, and this year could be just as busy. If you plan to stay close to home, Minneapolis-St. Paul has lots of events and activities to offer, both solemn and joyful. Here are three of our favorites.
- Take part in the 149th annual Memorial Day observance at the Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, 2945 Cedar Ave. S. The observance will start at 10 am. Music will be provided by the Seward Community Band. A seated history talk will begin at 1 pm.
- Fort Snelling National Cemetery will have its Memorial Day ceremony starting at 9:45 am with wreath presentations. The parade and ceremony will start at 10 am. Giving the Memorial Day address will be Command Sgt. Major (Retired) Douglas L. Julin. That program will be held at the intersection of Peck Avenue and Mallon Road.
- Paul’s Historic Fort Snelling is where to go if you want to witness a military history living timeline. Check out costumed staff and re-enactors as they explore different eras of military history during this special event honoring America’s soldiers. Re-enactors and site staff will be stationed around the fort’s parade grounds to allow visitors to travel through time. All this, along with fun kids’ games, will happen from 9 am-5 pm. at Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave.