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.
The bus stops on the cemetery path and the silver-haired men file out, sober-faced and silent amid a sea of white marble tombstones. Some carry rifles, some flags, a few hold bugles. They’ve all come to say goodbye — to a stranger.