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McDonald: A different but moving Memorial Day

Nothing is going to ever be the same, probably including our celebration of Memorial Day.

The national celebration in Washington D.C. had to be changed quite a bit due to social distancing but was as moving as ever. If you do not watch this every year, please start next year. I highly recommend it.

At Fort Snelling in Minneapolis, thousands of people visited family members who are buried there to pay their respects. Due to Fort Snelling rapidly running out of space, a similar national cemetery was started down in Preston, Minn. Already several hundred servicemen and women are buried there. Take a drive some day to Preston and visit this beautiful location.

We could not have our usual Memorial Day program in Lake City this year with our wonderful high school band and speakers, but I want to thank Bruce Carlstrom for putting together a marvelous fifty-minute radio program on Lake City’s radio station that took its place and came over our radios at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day. Special thanks to Col. B. Wayne Quist for his wonderful keynote address “Why History Matters.”

Thank all our heroic doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, and on and on in our current battle with COVID-19, and let’s all hold up our end in this and America will become victorious again!

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