Memorial Day Celebration at the Gary New Duluth Veterans Memorial

By KBJR News 1

May 26, 2014 Updated May 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, Mike Colalillo was honored with his own monument and plaque at the Gary New Duluth Veterans Memorial today.

The original Memorial was built in 1952 to commemorate the service of World War Two and Korean veterans from the Gary New Duluth community.

People gathered around the recently renovated memorial to pay respects to Collalilo, and other Veterans at a ceremony honoring military men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.

"Memorial Day is a day we dedicate to the dead. Remember those who fell in defense of this country, the ideals in which this country stands for,” Outreach Director, Senator Klobuchar Veterans Affairs, General Tim Cossalter, said.

At the end of the ceremony, Mayor Don Ness presented a surprise proclamation to World War Two Veteran, Steve Balach. Proclaiming May 26th as "Steve Balach Day". Balach is a Gary New Duluth native who has remained an active leader for veterans in west Duluth.

If you have a family member or loved one who served in World War Two, we invite you to share their story which would appear on our web page honoring Second World War heroes here.

You can send your ‘Family Hero’ stories to producer@kbjr.com with a subject line stating ‘Family Heroes’.

Alyssa Chrisinger