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Memorial Day events around the metro

Here are four local events for you to pay your respects to the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

MINNEAPOLIS — On Memorial Day we remember our veterans who lost their lives protecting the American way of life. 

Starting at 9 a.m., a ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial in Stillwater, located at 138 Pine Street West. There will be a flag raising, and a flyover from the T-6 Thunder Flight Team is scheduled for noon. Seating is limited, and guests are asked to bring chairs for the 30 minute event. 

At Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, the normally-scheduled ceremony has moved online. The recording can be viewed here. For those who still want to visit the historic site at 3600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, guided walking tours are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music in the late morning, and a variety of activities throughout the day. More information on things to do at Lakewood on Monday is available here. 

A picnic will be held at Veteran's Campground on Big Marine Lake in Marine on St. Croix from noon until 3 p.m. It's sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Veteran's Affairs. All are invited, and those attending are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.  

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the state capitol will host a service starting at 3 p.m on PBS-TPT. The state made the decision to hold this event virtually in 2021, with hopes it will return to an in-person gathering next year. Get more information on the event here. 

Taps Across America is another way to join people across the nation in paying respects to veterans. You can record yourself playing 'Taps' and upload it to their website, or if you're not a musician you can observe at moment of silence at 3 p.m. Read more on this national movement here. 

In Minneapolis, Lowry Bridge will be lit up in red, white and blue to honor the holiday. 

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