Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, a day to honor those who have died during military service.
Observances will be held in communities across Minnesota, from the large annual gathering at Fort Snelling National Cemetery to appearances by honor guards at rural cemeteries in all corners of the state.
Here are the events being held at national and state veterans' cemeteries in Minnesota on Sunday and Monday, along with a few other events from communities around the state:
The ceremony at the cemetery (intersection of Peck Avenue and Mallon Road, Minneapolis) begins at 10 a.m. Monday, with wreath presentations starting at 9:45 a.m. The keynote speaker is Maj. Gen. Jody Daniels, commander of the U.S. Army Reserve 88th Readiness Division.
Lakewood Cemetery, located at 3600 Hennepin Ave. S, will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m., with a special focus on this year's 75th anniversary of D-Day and on the importance of sharing and preserving stories of veterans and other loved ones. There will be music, readings and speakers. Chairs are available, but seating is limited — so bring a blanket or chair if you can. From noon to 3 p.m., there will be "Story Sessions" with tips on how to share your own stories and those of loved ones, along with free history tours, exhibits and music.
The Minneapolis Veterans Home, 5101 Minnehaha Ave. S, will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday with guest speaker Col. (ret.) John Morris, a chaplain; the Fort Snelling Memorial Rifle Squad; and music by the Minnesota Police Pipe Band.