The 2020 Itasca County Memorial Day Programs have been cancelled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of the communities Honor/Color Guard members and attendees must always come first.
Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today.
To honor and pay our respects to Itasca County Veterans who have passed, flags will be placed on Veteran's graves. The community is also encouraged in participating in the moment of silence at 3 p.m. as part of the National Moment of Remembrance and flying the American flag flown at half-staff on Memorial Day.
MN Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with Twin Cities PBS-TPT to create a 30-minute Memorial Day program entitled “Always Remember: A Minnesota Tribute to Veterans we’ve lost,” that will be broadcast across the state on TPT’s Minnesota Channel and KOZY 1320 AM and 93.1 FM at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 25.