Memorial Day began in the late 1866 to honor military personnel who died in the Civil War, CNN says, but now the last Monday in May is used to remember all those who have died fighting for the United States.
Here's a look at Memorial Day observances around Minnesota, according to the state Department of Veterans Affairs:
Anoka Veterans Memorial, Anoka
Program includes guest speaker American Legion State Service Officer Tom Newman, the North Suburban Concert Band, student recitations and memorials to veterans. The event is Monday at 10 a.m. at the Forest Hills Cemetery.
Cleveland Memorial Day Program
The program to honor veterans will be held on the east side of Scotch Lake, about 3 miles southeast of Cleveland, Minnesota. The event begins Monday at 1o a.m.
Eagan Memorial Day Event
The program includes Les Hansen, who is part of the Honor Flights and Toys 4 Military Kids. The event will be held at the Eagan Community Center, Memorial Tribute Site in Eagan Monday at 2 p.m.
Fergus Falls Veterans Home, Fergus Falls
Program includes an honor guard, rifle squad and color guard, as well as music, roll call and honorary walk to the Memorial Wall. Tim Haugen, area III Vice Commander for the 9th District American Legion, will also be speaking. The event is Monday at 2 p.m.
Forest Lake Memorial Day Service
The program will include speakers, listing of departed, rifle salute, taps and dedication of new pavers for the Veterans Memorial. The event begins Monday at 9 a.m. at Lakeside Memorial Park in Forest Lake.
Various programs will be held at Fort Snelling this weekend, including a Memorial Day Remembrance Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel. On Monday at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, there will be a Memorial Day parade at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at 10 a.m. The program will include music, speakers, display of military vehicles and more. Historic Fort Snelling will also have a Memorial Day program.
Program features speaker Ret. Lt. Col. Mark Hoberg. The observance begins Monday at 1o a.m. at the Glencoe-Silver Lake High School auditorium.
Hastings Veterans Home, Hastings
Program includes a flag ceremony at the veterans home at 9 a.m. Monday, followed by the main ceremony at 10 a.m. at Roadside Park Veterans Memorial. The speaker will be retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Harry Sieben, the Hastings Gazette reports.
Lafayette Community Service
The program includes a ceremonial wreath and cross laying, reading of the names of all area deceased veterans. Vietnam medic Tom Conroy of New Ulm will speak. The event is Monday at 10 a.m. at Downtown City Park, or the community center if it rains. A potluck dinner will follow the program.
Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls
Program includes a concert by the Richfield Symphonic Band, a parade of flags and words from keynote speaker Carla Tappanier. The event is Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Luverne Veterans Home, Luverne
The program includes speaker and musician Lonny Carpenter. The event is Saturday May 30 at 2:30 p.m.
Marine on St. Croix
The program will feature Washington County Veterans Service Officer Ryan Carufel, followed by a potluck. The event is Monday at noon at the Veterans Campground on Big Marine Lake.
Minneapolis Veterans Home, Minneapolis
The program includes music by the Minnesota Police Pipe Band, and will feature Chaplain Col. John Morris of the Minnesota National Guard Fort Snelling Rifle Squad. The program is Monday, music prelude at 1:30 p.m., followed by the 2 p.m. program.
Gun salutes at local cemeteries Monday morning, followed by at 11:30 a.m. parade from the Monticello American Legion.
National Moment of Remembrance
The National Moment of Remembrance is at 3 p.m. local time and flags around the country are asked to be flown at half staff to mark the day.
The program will feature a color guard, musical interludes, speeches, floral tribute, artillery and rifle squad, salutes and taps. The event is at East Bay Point Park in Red Wing on Monday.
The program will feature patriotic music, a guest speaker and visitation to six cemeteries. There will also be taps with a rifle squad. The event beings at 8:45 a.m.
The Memorial Day Program begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the Rothsay Community Center.
Silver Bay Veterans Home, Silver Bay
The program features guest speaker Terry Randolph, who is the current Post Commander of VFW 2948. The William Kelley High School Band will also be performing. The event is May 25 at 10:30 a.m.
The program will include a 10:30 a.m. parade Monday, followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the St. Cloud VA. This year's speaker is Lt. Col. Jeff Howe, who currently serves as a logistics officer in the Minnesota Army National Guard. The program will also include music from the St. Cloud Municipal Band.
The program will include music from the Stillwater Wind Symphony and Croix Chordsmen, a wreath placing ceremony, a rifle salute, a T-6 Thunder Flight Team flyover, reading of the names of service members. The event is being held at the Stillwater Veterans Memorial Monday at 11 a.m.
The program will include a speaker, band, music and listing of honor roll. The event is being held at the Wheaton American Legion Monday at 11 a.m.
White Bear Lake
The Lost Sailor at Sea Ceremony will be held Monday at 2 p.m.