Fort Snelling hosts Memorial Day ceremony

7:26 PM, May 27, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Fort Snelling National Cemetery held its first Memorial Day ceremony in 1948. Thousands are expected once again Monday to honor those who have served our country.

Fort Snelling Assistant Director Donn Christy says nearly 600 American flags have been donated from military funerals and are now set up inside the cemetery for Memorial Day.

Governor Mark Dayton and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar are both expected to be part of the program. Lt. Col. Mark Weber is scheduled to give this year's keynote address.

KARE 11's Bryan Piatt speaks with George Weiss Jr. who founded the volunteer Memorial Rifle Squad, which has performed over 63,000 rifle salutes at military funerals at Fort Snelling since 1979. Weiss Jr. was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Obama in 2010.

Monday's ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

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