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.