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Minnesota honors Memorial Day with virtual celebration

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN-- The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs marked Memorial Day with an online celebration this year due to the pandemic.

The event, called "Reflections: Memorial Day 20-21" featured stories from veterans, music, and speeches from state leaders including Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.

MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke also announced plans to build a fourth state veteran's cemetery in Redwood Falls.

The other three are in Duluth, Little Falls, and Preston.

The Duluth cemetery opened in 2018 and has almost 400 veterans and their spouses buried there.

Herke said the state is committed to offering every Minnesota veteran a final resting place.

"These are veterans and spouses of veterans, those who have served on the front lines or the homefront, those who have made sacrifices and may have incurred life-long scars that remind them of the cost of war," he said.

Herke said they plan to break ground on the new cemetery later this year.

You can watch the full video here.

Bonney Bowman

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