Memorial Day honors those who died serving our country. If you are not able to attend a Memorial Day service or flag-raising, consider recognizing a minute of silence during the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
American flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to noon, then “raised briskly” until sunset, according to the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
If you would like to learn more about Memorial Day, visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs information page.
Masses and Ceremonies
The City of Burnsville will salute the men and women of the armed forces with a program that includes the Civil Air Patrol Valley Composite Squadron, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, and bugler Craig Sylvester. The event will be at Bicentennial Gardens, at the intersection of Nicollet Ave. and 134th Street. Refreshments will be served at City Hall following the ceremony.
This event is sponsored by the Sweet Sioux Garden Club and the Blue Star Mothers.
A Memorial Day celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m., rain or shine. Retired Major General Eugene Andreotti is scheduled to speak. Music and refreshments will be provided.
There will be a Memorial Day Mass celebrated at 10 a.m., rain or shine. The Mass is followed by refreshments. The cemetery office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Monday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. The cemetery itself is open from dawn to dusk.
A Memorial Day Mass is scheduled from 10 to 10:40 a.m. in the historic chapel. The parish office will be closed.
The honor guard will be performing flag-raising ceremonies around the metro area the morning of Memorial Day, arriving at St. Peter's Cemetery sometime around 11:15-11:30 a.m. Arrive early to catch the flag-raising at the historic cemetery.
Across the bridge in Minneapolis, a Memorial Day service is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Veterans and service members are encouraged to wear their uniforms. Arrive early and assemble on Mallon Road between the flag post and the staging area. The cemetery is located off 494-W at 7601 34th Avenue South.
Gather on the patio outside the Chapel of Peace at 2 p.m. for a ceremony featuring guest speaker Lt. Col. John Morris. The address is 5101 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Residents are invited to "experience life along the Minnesota River," circa 1850: Meet Civil War soldiers, fur traders, townfolk, and farmers. Watch the Wild West Show (Sunday only) and come back on Monday for a special ceremony commemorating Memorial Day (2 p.m.). Cost is $3 to $5, depending on age. Children under two get in free.
Memorial Day weekend marks the official opening of the Historic Fort Snelling Site. Costumed historical guides will provide tours and demonstrations as well as other activities, including children's games, starting Friday. Veterans are admitted free. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day.
The Sibley House Historic Site in Mendota also opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend. Visitors can tour the homes and learn about the fur trade and Minnesota's first governor. The site is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Monday, and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
At the State Capitol
Veterans for Peace will hold a Memorial Day service at 9:30 a.m. just east of the Vietnam War Memorial at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 470 from Anoka County hosts their annual Memorial Day service at the Minnesota State Capitol's Vietnam War Memorial, beginning at 3 p.m. This is the 20th anniversary of the war memorial.
On the Radio Waves
If you want to tune in from from your living room, Minnesota Military Radio will broadcast live from 6 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130. The show will be archived on minnesotamilitaryradiohour.com.