Greater Mankato community observes Memorial Day
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Memorial Day is a way for family members and those who have been impacted most by military loss to say thank you and acknowledge that we owe our freedom to the souls who did not make it back home.
“It’s actually an honor for us to stand out here for our fallen veterans, my son being one of them,” said Don Sandmeyer, sergeant at arms at American Legion Lorentz Post 11 in Mankato.
“Memorial Day, to at least me personally, is an everyday adventure and everyday endeavor,” United States Army Captain Jason Lee added.
Especially for current veterans.
“We feel it’s a privilege and an honor to be out here on Memorial Day,” Sandmeyer stated.
Memorial Day services were occurring at all hours Monday in the greater Mankato area, Minnesota and across the country.
“We will go to the Vietnam Memorial, then back to WWI [Memorial] and finishing out at the Boy in Blue [Civil War Memorial]. We had several this morning already,” Sandmeyer said.
In the area, there were at least 20 to 30 services at local cemeteries, Woodland Hills being just one of them.
The day’s ceremony and tradition is something the American Legion Post 11 takes great pride in.
“It’s great to be able to get back out here, see all of the people come out and honor our fallen veterans,” Sandmeyer said.
Every day the people who have lost someone during combat or who served in the military it never gets any easier.
“Carry their legacy forward because ultimately we are all better men and women for knowing such men and women of that caliber willing to make that sacrifice,” Lee said.
On Memorial Day, it is that much harder to say goodbye and give thanks.
“He was killed in action in September, actually Sept. 10. I actually wear this bracelet on my left arm as a reminder of not just who he was as a soldier, but who he was as a friend,” Lee said.
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