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Virtual Memorial Day services held across the Northland

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DULUTH, MN. -- A longtime Memorial Day tradition in Hermantown was moved to the web on Sunday and while it wasn't in person, it was still heartfelt and emotional.

A global pandemic wasn't going to stop Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery from holding its annual Memorial Day ceremony this year.

"Bottom line is we have got to thank our Veterans that served and died," said Barton Porter, CEO of Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery.

Speakers like Congressman Pete Stauber, many veterans and others guests that pre-recorded messages for the service showed their support for fallen Veterans.

"Ultimately it's the young and old men and women that died on battlefields all around this world protecting the interests of our friends and protecting our country," added Barton.

The ceremony was joined by a Vietnam War veteran, who knew even a global pandemic wouldn't stop Americans from honoring the fallen.

"It just shows you what americans are made of. Americans are very strong people and we can get through anything, and I mean anything. We've gone through every war and we will go through this," said Tom Porter.

With so many military members past and present unable to get outside, the online ceremony, still made sure everyone was able to watch and take part.

"All the assisted living homes, the veterans homes, so those veterans that are confined and can't get out or do anything can at least see a service that honors them and their fallen friends," said Barton.

Sunrise Funeral Home and Cemetery in Hermantown wasn't the only place to get creative to honor our veterans on this Memorial Day.

Gary New Duluth Veterans Memorial also conducted a ceremony put on the web to honor fallen veterans.

"It's not about me, or it's not about the honor guard, it's about honoring those that have given up their lives for not only their brothers in arms, but for this nation and the republic and everything that this country stands for," said John Marshall, U.S. Army / Captain of Duluth Honor Guard - Desert Storm Veteran.

The ceremony honored those military personnel from the far west communities of Duluth who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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Ryan Compeau

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