Memorial Day is Monday May 27 in 2013. Here's what's happening on Memorial Day in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities metro area.
Minnesota War Memorials
There are several Memorials in the Minnesota State Capitol grounds in downtown St. Paul, including the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Minnesota Korean Veterans Memorial, the Peace Officers Memorial, and the World War Two Memorial.
Veterans Organizations plan to gather on the Capitol grounds on Monday. The Twin Cities Veterans for Peace hold a memorial observance at 9.30 am on Memorial Day, as does the the Vietnam Veterans of America, whose program begins at 11 am.
For those wishing to pay quiet tribute, it will be much less busy to visit the memorials on the Capitol grounds on Saturday or Sunday.
Lakewood Cemetery, MinneapolisLakewood Cemetery in South Minneapolis honors veterans and all loved ones on Memorial Day. The Lakewood Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony is at 10.30 a.m. at the Soldiers Memorial. Following the Ceremony will be guided walking tours of the cemetery, horse and carriage tours, children's art activities, historical presentations, and music. The event is free and open to all.
Minnesota State Veterans CemeteryIn Little Falls, near Lake Mille Lacs, the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery will have the annual memorial service on Sunday, May 26th at 1:30 pm.
Fort SnellingHistoric Fort Snelling opens for the summer Memorial Day weekend with special events all weekend. On Saturday 26 and Sunday 26, there are special events to celebrate opening weekend. On Monday, Memorial Day, Fort Snelling hosts a Memorial Day tribute and Military History Timeline on Monday 27 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Costumed staff will help interpret United States military history, with characters from 225 years of history, and there will be firing demonstrations at the fort. Veterans are admitted free on Memorial Day.
Military MuseumsAlso on Fort Snelling Army Reserve, the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum preserves vintage aircraft, engines and flight simulators. The museum is open to those with military ID, Tuesday through Saturday. For the general public, the museum is only open on Saturday May 18 and 19, and June 8 for visitors to tour the aircraft and exhibits. Alternatively, anyone can contact the museum and ask for a tour. Admission is free, and photo ID is required for entry, as the museum is on an active military base.
Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery Memorial Day Observance
Minneapolis Pioneer and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery has an annual Memorial Day Celebration held on Monday morning. The ceremony begins at 10am, the event is free and all are welcome. Call 612-624-1853 for more information.
St. Louis Park Memorial Day ServiceThe Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion honor those who have served our country in a Memorial Day Service at the Veterans' Memorial Amphitheater in Wolfe Park, St. Louis Park. The service begins at 11 a.m., and the flag will be raised at noon.
Eden Prairie Memorial Day ServiceEden Prairie gives honors to veterans, and remembers those who served at their annual Memorial Day Ceremony, at the Veteran's Memorial in Purgatory Creek Park. The ceremony begins at 11am, and it is free and open to all.
Richfield's Honoring All Veterans CeremonyThe city of Richfield honors all veterans in a ceremony at Veteran's Park. The city recently installed a new memorial to veterans, and will dedicate it at the Honoring All Veterans Ceremony. The dedication will begin at 2pm on Monday 27th May. Free and open to all.
Minnesota Civil War History at The LandingThe Landing, a historic site on the Minnesota River in Shakopee, is having a weekend of Civil War themed events on Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day. A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday.
Memorial Day Pow-Wow
A little way out of town: A two-hour drive north to Onamia, MN, will take you to the annual Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post Memorial Day Pow-Wow, hosted by AMVets Post 53. The Pow-Wow is a gathering of Native American dance, music, food, crafts and games to to honor past and present veterans on Monday 27 May. The event is free and open to all. Noon - 5 p.m.
Religious Events and Services
Many places of worship are holding a special service on Monday. The service times may vary from normal Monday services.