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Public Not Invited To St. Cloud Memorial Day Service

Public Not Invited To St. Cloud Memorial Day Service Click to Enlarge Photo: Image by Charles Thompson from Pixabay

(KNSI) - The St. Cloud Area Metropolitan Veterans Council will be conducting a Memorial Day Honors Ceremony at the Minnesota Veterans Plaza at the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud, but they're asking the public to stay home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, typically attended by various members of the public, has been modified due to the ongoing pandemic.

The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25th.

St. Cloud VA Public Affairs Officer Barry Venable talked with KNSI's Bob Hughes about what Memorial Day means.

"We do honor veterans on Memorial Day, but we specifically honor those veterans, those service members that gave their lives in military service to the nation. That's the fundamental purpose of the commemoration."

He says the sacrifice of those who chose to serve has preserved the country's freedom.

"I think that's a privilege that has been earned on the battlefields by veterans of numerous generations of the numerous wars that have been fought to preserve our freedom. I think that's freedom in action."

As an alternative to attending the Memorial service, the council asks that the public stay home and take a moment to pause and remember all of those who have died in defense of our nation and to keep the true spirit of Memorial Day alive.