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Memorial Day brings honors for Minnesota’s Civil War soldiers

Members of the 3rd Minnesota Regiment, Company F

A state task force looking at ways to honor Minnesota’s Civil War soldiers will be busy on Memorial Day, with the rededication at St. Paul’s Oakland Cemetery of the grave of Lt. David Oakes, who was killed in battle 150 years ago this weekend.

He was one of only four soldiers killed during the Civil War who were actually born in Minnesota, the governor’s office says.

There’s a 10 a.m. Memorial Day service at Oakland, followed by an 11:30 a.m. Civil War talking tour of the cemetery grounds, led by Pat Hill.

Also Monday, the state task force will place a specially designed flag at the graves of 150 other Civil War soldiers around the state. Eventually, they hope to have the flags for all of the Civil War soldiers in the state.

 The Governor’s Civil War Commemoraton Task Force has a website with more information on Minnesota’s role in the Civil War.

Memorial Day events at Minnesota Veterans Homes around the state were compiled by the state Department of Veterans Affairs, and include:

  • Minnesota Veterans Home — Hastings, 9 a.m. Monday, with  Memorial Day readings, introduction of Boys Staters, recognition of Gold Star Mothers and prayers. In the event of inclement weather, the location is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hastings.
  • Minnesota Veterans Home — Silver Bay, 10:30 a.m. Monday, with guest speaker will be Jeff Dwyer, a recently retired local Navy veteran.
  • Minnesota Veterans Home — Minneapolis, 2 p.m. Monday on the patio outside of the Chapel of Peace, with guest speaker Lt. Col. John Morris.
  • Minnesota Veterans Home — Fergus Falls, 2 p.m. Monday with guest speaker Walter A. Hiskett, Captain, Chaplain Corps. USN Retired, who served during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Fort Snelling, too, holds a ceremony from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday.

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