The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs will forgo in-person Memorial Day celebrations this year to comply with social distancing, instead moving festivities to a broadcast.
MDVA will partner with Twin Cities PBS-TPT for the 30 minute broadcast, which will air Memorial Day, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. Gov. Tim Walz and MDVA Commissioner Larry Herke will make remarks.
The broadcast will also include personal stories, a rifle salute and music, which have previously been a part of in-person celebrations at Minnesota’s three State Veterans Cemeteries.
These celebrations have brought in thousands of visitors in past years, but the coronavirus crisis forcing the suspension of large gatherings, these can't go ahead this year.
“The COVID-19 pandemic requires a new approach to our traditional Memorial Day events,” Herke said in a statement.
"This year we will mark this special day in a new and different way, but with the same goal: to honor and pay our respects to Minnesota Veterans who have passed.”