The salute to Veterans takes on a SWIFT kick on the Smack Down!
Four decades is a long time to wait for a welcome home greeting. But that’s exactly what happened to the nation’s 6 million Vietnam-era veterans.
Memorial Day is especially meaningful for the families, friends and comrades left behind. While Veterans today are reflecting on lives lost during combat, they are also thinking of the families left without loved ones and the pain they endure every day.Their war experiences were different. Landon Steele was a combat medic in Iraq. Chuck Sasse was a flight engineer in World War II. But the emptiness they carry from the loss of their comrades is the same.
Saturday at Canterbury Park, the horseracing had some competition. As part of Saturday’s Memorial Day race festivities, Canterbury welcomed Dave “The Bullet” Smith to the track to fire up the crowd. Smith is the Guinness World Record Holder for human cannonballing, and he’s been on shows like “America’s Got Talent” and the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. But after all his experience, is it still scary to climb into the cannon?
The other part of Memorial Day is, of course, the outdoor traditions. But swimming and boating was at a minimum today.
On Monday, our nation will take time to remember those who’ve lost their lives while serving our country. Memorial Day ceremonies and parades are scheduled throughout Minnesota. One of the largest was at Fort Snelling Cemetery, where thousands attended Monday morning’s event. Many noted that, to be at Fort Snelling on Memorial Day served as a reminder that the holiday isn’t about taking the day off from work, setting up a picnic or firing up the BBQ. It’s a day to honor the military members who’ve lost their lives while serving.
A Memorial Day salute to our veterans….on the Smack Down
Minnesota’s Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing for more than 1,200 people at a ceremony to mark Memorial Day. The event at the State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls is being held on Sunday, ahead of the Monday holiday.
A Moorhead police officer killed in the line of duty more than 80 years ago is being remembered and honored this Memorial Day weekend.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding motorists to be safe over the Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day is this Monday, a day when Americans remember those who gave their lives for their country. Many families are busy decorating the graves of loved ones before services on Monday.
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and for many that will mean time in the pool. But before you jump in, experts recommend heeding some pool safety tips for all ages. A report from CPSC says 390 children younger than age 15 drown in pools and spas every year.
While it’s only May, some Minnesota farmers are already nervous about this year’s crop outlook. The weather has pushed planting back by weeks in southeastern Minnesota.
The Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the boating season for many Minnesotans. So the Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters and anglers to be extra vigilant to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
How do you celebrate Memorial Day, and what does this federal holiday mean to you and your family? Read what some of our country’s veterans had to say about Memorial Day, patriotism and what this annual holiday means to them.