MDVA plans virtual Memorial Day celebration

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, in partnership with Twin Cities PBS, will sponsor a virtual Memorial Day program.

According to a release, while a live event will not be held, the three State Veterans Cemeteries will be open for visitors, who are encouraged to follow guidelines of limiting groups to 10 or fewer.

TPT has created a 30-minute Memorial Day program entitled “Always Remember: A Minnesota Tribute to Veterans We’ve Lost,” that will be broadcast across the state at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 25, and at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 31.

The program includes remarks from Governor Tim Walz and MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke, as well as personal stories from both Gold Star mothers and veterans.

“The COVID-19 pandemic requires a new approach to our traditional Memorial Day events,” explained Herke.

“This year we will mark this special day in a new and different way, but with the same goal: to honor and pay our respects to Minnesota Veterans who have passed.”

The program will include the rifle salute traditionally included in live Memorial Day events.


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