Veterans Day in Minnesota

To the editor:

On Monday, Nov. 11, we observed Veterans Day as both Minnesotans and Americans. It is a day we set aside each year to honor all of our veterans, living and dead. We honor all of those who have given dedicated and loyal service to their country so that as Minnesotans and Americans, we can live freely and safely in this great state and nation. This year, make sure that all veterans know that we appreciate the sacrifices they have made in their own lives in order to give us security in ours.

In Minnesota, we celebrated and honored our veterans in a variety of ways. Throughout the state there were events at VFW posts, American Legion posts and other locations across the state. Some notable events included: the Apple Valley High School’s fourth annual Veterans Day Recognition Assembly; the Hastings’ Minnesota Veterans Home Veterans Day program; the Veterans Day USA 5K at Como Park in St. Paul, which is in honor of military service members; and the Duluth Veterans Day March, in which members of the armed forces march through the city of Duluth following the same route every year since World War II.

This Veterans Day we honored our family, our friends, and our neighbors. We thank all of the people who fought so that we didn’t have to. We honor their sacrifices, and we respect their bravery. I hope you took time on Monday, and every day, to say “thank you” to all who have served and to thank God for his continued blessings.

Sen. Dan Hall
R-Burnsville, District 56