Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day is a time to celebrate and honor those who are no longer with us.  There are several events that took place across the Twin Cities, explained Bob Erickson  DAV MN Past Department Commander (PDC).   The Memorial Day program began at 2 p.m. Monday, May 25, in the Atrium building at the Minneapolis Veterans Home.  Prelude music was provided by the Minnesota Police Pipe Band.  Keynote speaker, Commissioner Larry Shellito, Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs, spoke about how to be a citizen soldier.  He urged citizens, both veterans and those who’ve never worn a uniform, not to sit on the sidelines during the war on terror.  Shellito said “citizens should treat soldiers overseas with respect and do their part by taking care of their families here.”

Ft Snelling PictureA tradition for many has been to visit the graves of a loved one.  Thousands visited Fort Snelling National Cemetery for its Memorial Day Ceremony, explained PDC Erickson being escorted by the American Legion.  It’s said to be the largest ceremony in the state.   More than 200,000 military members are buried at Fort Snelling.  Six hundred flags were placed along Monday’s parade route. The U.S Navy Sea Cadets served as Monday’s color guard.  At the ceremony, Senator Amy Klobuchar called attention to 2015 being the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.  We are here to remember those that we’ve lost and to always keep them in our hearts and minds. And if we don’t remember them it makes it harder to treat our veterans the way we are supposed to going forward,” Klobuchar said.  She shared a story of her trip to Vietnam with former POW and Arizona Senator John McCain. And she asked those in attendance to keep the soldier’s creed alive, quoting the passage “I will never leave a fallen comrade.”

On a final note, Commander Erickson explained that on the Saturday before Memorial Day, twenty Chapter 2 members serveHasting VA Home SOS Breakfast Pictured the traditional “SOS” breakfast to over 160 men and women veterans at the Hastings Minnesota Veterans Home.  SOS is a US military food term and generally implies some kind of meat in a sauce, served over toast, and often served as a breakfast dish.  Each of the resident received a $2.00 bill as a token to recognize their military service.  One veteran was overheard to say “Getting served the SOS breakfast and receiving the $2 bill made my day.” “Thank you Minnesota Disabled American Veterans for all you.”