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.
From 2006 to 2007 Mike Simon served in Iraq. His life changed forever when he was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, suffering a major head injury. After the blast, Mike’s wife Marno noticed a change in her husband. “He was able to call home once a week for about twenty minutes, started making really odd comments,” Marno said.
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.
Dustin Allison was riding in an armored vehicle at the head of a convoy in Iraq one morning in 2007 when an improvised explosive device went off, killing the driver and leaving Allison badly wounded.
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.
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.
There are many meaningful ways in Minnesota to remember those who have died in military service.
Minnesota veterans groups are exerting pressure on state lawmakers to come through with money for a proposed facility for veterans needing intensive care.
A Minnesota congressman wants thousands of military discharges reviewed, saying a lot of veterans may have been misdiagnosed.
In the past month, police say there’ve been three women killed by their husbands or boyfriends: a store manager at the Mall of America, a teenage girl and a pregnant National Guard member. None of the men charged have a criminal history
State lawmakers want to give Minnesota businesses tax credits for hiring veterans.
Starting on Veteran’s Day, an American retailer says it will hire more than 100,000 returning veterans in the next five years.
The Brain Dead Republican Congress has had some low points, but last week’s Senate vote on a United Nations treaty for the disabled was notable in its outrageousness.
A group of military families and veterans got a special gift this morning, just in time for Thanksgiving. Minnesota Twins star Justin Morneau was on hand to help out at the Armory in Brooklyn Park, Minn.