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Monday, May 25, 2020:  Memorial Day 2020. 
A time to reflect and honor those military members who died while in service to our country. 

Families know this well.

Flowers were in bloom at the All veterans Memorial.
The Brainerd Fire Department put out their huge flag.

The All Veterans Memorial is at 4th and Laurel Streets, just west of downtown Brainerd.
It was the location of this year's Memorial Day ceremony. 

Randy Aldous was there to setup up video recording and players went through the script.

Flag bearers were there.

Wreaths represented sailors lost at sea, the Bataan Death March, Gold Star families, Daughters of the American Revolution, Blue Star mothers, Marines, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Pastor Skinner(on the left) of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd gave the prayers.

From the Brainerd Dispatch newspaper:  The Master of ceremonies was Dan Satre.  “This Memorial Day we come together to appreciate the freedom that we enjoy today as we honor the sacrifices that paid for it,” Satre said. “As we enjoy living in the land of the free and the home of the brave, we must continue to remind Americans that there’s no freedom without bravery, that those we honor today were brave when it counted the most.”

He spoke of the strength, determination and courage of those who laid down their lives so others in their country could live freely and safely.

“They had strength when the situation demanded it, determination when everything felt lost and devotion, courage and patriotism when others looked to them for guidance,” Satre said. “No one ordered them to practice the most basic of human ideals. They did it because they were Americans and because we live in a nation worth defending.”

While Americans across the country and the world paused from their busy lives to place flowers at the graves of those lost at war and mourn the loss of those gone too soon, Satre’s speech reminded the audience Memorial Day is not about sorrow or mourning or even about the number of service members killed. Gen. George S. Patton, he said, best expressed the sentiment in 1944, while looking out across a field in France filled with rows of crosses marking the graves of men who had just days before been part of his army. 

 Patton said: “It’s foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died, rather we should thank God that such men lived.”

“And that is what this very special day is all about,” Satre continued, “to be thankful that such men and women have lived and to pay tribute to those heroic patriots who bravely rose up and fought for something greater than themselves, protecting a home to which they would never return.”

“We must endure so that the youth of tomorrow understand the true cost of freedom,” Satre said. “... They gave up their todays for our tomorrows. And now we must carry their message of dedication and determination to the generation in uniform today and to those generations who will serve tomorrow because there’s no greater way to honor the memory of those who have secured it.”

The event was broadcat live on 95.9 FM and 93.3 FM Radio that day.
Flags were raised and lowered.

Satre said, "We pause to give thanks on Memorial Day to the people who fought
and died for freedom and our way of life.  We take this time to show our gratitude.

The Honor Guard was made up of members of the Brainerd American Legion,
the Brainerd Veterans of Foreign Wars and Crow Wing County Disabled American Veterans.
Most were wearing red, white and blue face masks that day.

Taps, the final bugle call to our fallen was played by Marty Judd of the VFW.  See the video at:

There was a lot of remberance and soul searching that morning. 

Then at 3 pm, it was Taps Across America.  Brainerd VFW Commander Chip Borle (on the right) was the lead trumpet player.
Charlie Johnson, a retired Pillager, MN, band teacher, played Taps echo.  His three uncles served in WWII.  One was killed.
Another, a Navy man, died in Vietnam.  Playing Taps means a lot to him!    See and hear it at:

Quote of the day:    The meaning of Memorial Day is close to my heart.  Mark    < Back to previous story Ahead to next story >

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