State Veterans Day program to go virtual

The state’s Veteran’s Day Program will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

According to a release from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, a 30 minute program will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, on the MDVA website.

The program will include remarks from Gov. Tim Walz, MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke, National Guard General Shawn Manke, and will feature music from the 24th Infantry Division Red Bull Band.

“While we are unable to gather in person this year, the importance of recognizing Minnesota’s Veterans for their service and sacrifice has not diminished,” said Commissioner Herke.

“We encourage all Minnesotans to take a moment to thank the Veterans in their lives for the freedoms we all enjoy.”

The program will be hosted by WCCO reporter Reg Chapman, who is also a Gulf War Army Veteran.

MDVA reminds Minnesota Veterans financially impacted by COVID-19 to consider applying for one of three COVID Relief Grants available to assist Veterans. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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