Memorial Day 2020
Leighton Interactive | May 25, 2020 AT 8:05 am
UNDATED--Ceremonies are typically held in cemeteries across the country and state on Memorial Day. This year most have been cancelled because of the pandemic. Tonight, a virtual Memorial Day program will be held sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs in partnership with Twin Cities PBS-TPT. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic prohibits the live events traditionally held at the three State Veterans Cemeteries located in Little Falls, Preston and Duluth.
While a live event will not be held, the three State Veterans Cemeteries remain open for visitors who are encouraged to follow the StaySafeMN order and limit groups to 10 or fewer.
“The COVID-19 pandemic requires a new approach to our traditional Memorial Day events,” explains MDVA Commissioner Larry 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.”
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 on TPT’s Minnesota Channel at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 25. The program can also be live streamed online from the TPT website and on Facebook. The program will be rebroadcast on TPT several times throughout June and July and will be available online after it premiers.
The program will include remarks from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Commissioner Herke, personal stories from both Gold Star mothers and Veterans about those we have lost and honor on Memorial Day, music and a rifle salute traditionally included in a live event.