Northland Honors Fallen Soldiers

By KBJR News 1

May 27, 2013 Updated May 27, 2013 at 7:07 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- With Monday being Memorial Day, Americans came together to honor our fallen heroes.

Right here in the Northland hundreds gathered across cemeteries Monday afternoon to pay tribute to local service men and women that died fighting for our freedom. Monday's ceremony was true to the spirit of Memorial Day.

More than three dozen people gathered at Oneota cemetery in West Duluth to remember the lives lost defending our freedom.
While people lined the cemetery, flags decorated the graves of the lost service men and women.

Monday, veterans and military guardsmen saluted our heroes that lost their lives with an official twenty-one gun salute and prayer service.

Officials ask that we take the time to reflect on the sacrifices that were made and to continue to honor the valiant effort of our fallen heroes not just today, but everyday.

"Planes bring the fallen from this current war to their community, that's who we honor with this service throughout the nation and we need to continue that, people need to know that's why we have Memorial day," said Wilson Spence, American Legion Post Commander.

Wilson went on to say that memorial services like the one at Oneota cemetery are the best ways we can preserve our nations rich military and service history and give younger generations a better idea of what service and sacrifice means.

Following Monday's service people capped off the holiday with the popular Memorial Day parade along Grand Avenue in West Duluth where hundreds were in attendance.

Written for the web by Jeremy Brickley, jbrickley@kbjr.com