Remembering fallen soldiers: Memorial Day Prep

By KBJR News 1

May 23, 2014 Updated May 23, 2014 at 9:10 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- While Memorial Day may be a time that many spend time with their families at the lake or the family cabin, it's a day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Many people around the Northland have already started honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for America.

"We look at it as the time that we get to say thank you to the people who didn't make it through our wars; to honor them remember them," said Brad Bennett, a Vietnam Veteran.

Many flags line grave sites around Duluth and the honor guard will visit 11 different cemeteries on Monday to salute fallen soldiers.

"Since our country formed 239 years ago, since the battle of Lexington and Concord, we've lost over 1.2 million men and women. We have been in 62 military engagements since this country formed and it's a day we remember only our honored war dead," said Captain John Marshall, with the Duluth Honor Guard.

Students at Lowell Elementary school honored late war heroes on Friday at their annual ceremony who gave everything.

"For me this ceremony is so important, it brings children to remember their grandparents and of course their parents who served in the military that it won't be forgotten and it will be here for a long time," said Jarl Carlson from the Duluth Honor Guard.

Upcoming events include the Memorial Day parade in West Duluth on Monday starting at 12:30pm.

In Iron River Wisconsin, a pancake breakfast kicks off at the VFW from 8am to 12pm.

The Bong Memorial Center in Superior is also playing host to several events.

"We really love Memorial Day weekend. Every year we always have free admission for vets Saturday, Sunday, and Monday." said Bob Fuhrman, Executive Director of the Bong Memorial Center.

The Superior Singers are set to take the stage at the museum Monday at 1p.m. and is free to the public.

There are also many events going on through out the day at the Cloquet County Historical Society.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.