Monday, May 31, 2010

Remembering, honoring, saluting

The Fort Snelling National Cemetery Memorial Day celebration began this morning at 10 am. Thousands of people gathered to remember, honor and salute the 190,000 fallen soldiers buried there and the many other American service people who gave their lives fighting for freedom in wars in Europe, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Colonel John Morris served as a chaplain with the U.S. Army 34th "Red Bull" Division in Iraq. In his Memorial Day address, "For Those Who Wait," he also told how Americans soldiers freed his mother's village in France during WWII.
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and United States Senator Amy Klobuchar were among the VIP guests gathered.

10 comments:

  1. It's a memorable place to be on this day to honour those who have served and died in the many wars in which we have participated. I, too, have a Fort Snelling National Cemetery photo on my blog today. Heard an MPR interview with the author of Matterhorn, a novel about Vietnam. Think I'm going to get it. Hope it's anti-war since we are sending too many 18-19-and 20-year-old young men and women to fight wars that are the result of many failed negotiations. I'm not a pacifist but we need to be careful about the conflicts we engage and participate in.

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  2. un bel hommage aux hommes qui se sont sacrifies pour la liberte

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  4. I remember some years ago visitng the American Cemetery in Normandie the emotional impact the visit had on me. Especially to stand in front of a cross with the name of an American soldier who was killed the day I was born. It is import to continue to remeber.

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  5. Very moving! Even to just see and read your blog.

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  6. May you have all a good Memory Day.

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  7. Excellent post. We will remember our heros. MB

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  8. Beautiful shots. I've always liked Fort Snelling. I used to go there for field trips as a kid, and now have a good friend who is buried there. Thanks for sharing your photos!

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  9. A great tribute. It's interesting to see how different your commemorations for Memorial day are compared to our Anzac Day.
    Sydney - City and Suburbs

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  10. We have to remember, and also help our chidren to remember. And this is not so easy.

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