Thousands Attend Fort Snelling Memorial Day Event

Updated: 05/27/2013 8:05 PM By: Scott Theisen

Thousands of people flocked to Fort Snelling Cemetery to remember men and women who lost their lives in service to our country.
Memorial Day events at Fort Snelling included re-enactments and large military demonstrations. But it also was a day for many to pay their respects.

American flags mark the graves at Fort Snelling as we remember the military members who are no longer with us.

Lt. Col. Mark Weber of Rosemount gave the keynote address at a ceremony Monday. He was diagnosed with stage four cancer and wrote a book of lessons for his three sons.

"The passage of time helps us forget the pain and suffering. Makes us forget, and so we must return year after year to reflect upon the selfless devotion to hundreds of our fellow citizens," said Weber.

The event also included speakers. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar told those gathered that it's important to honor soldiers by keeping promises made to them. She says that means taking care of service members when they need support.
Klobuchar has introduced legislation to help veterans with health care issues. Her bills included one that addresses the backlog of disability claims and one that addresses the need to investigate cases where service members may have been improperly discharged for personality disorders.

The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.