The Urdahls wish you and your family well this Memorial Day weekend as we remember our service members who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
I serve as co-chair of the Civil War Commemoration Task Force and we hosted a press conference yesterday to announce a tribute to our fallen soldiers. Special flags will be placed on gravesites throughout the state to mark the resting sites of Civil War soldiers. There will be 150 graves marked initially and we eventually plan to mark the graves of all known Civil War heroes in Minnesota.
This is all part of the task force's year-long effort to commemorate the 150th year since the start of the Civil War. Litchfield's Lake Ripley Cemetery will be among those receiving flags on Memorial Day. A parade will take place in downtown Litchfield at 9:15 a.m. Monday and then a ceremony will follow at the cemetery, where I will present the flags.
As I said during yesterday's press conference, many Civil War enlistees were immigrants new to America. They came here because of the promise of freedom and a new life where the individual mattered. Minnesota had been a state only three years when the war started. Minnesotans enlisted in the Union Army at a rate unequaled by any other state.
I hope local citizens take some time this weekend to reflect on the monumental sacrifices our service members make for us. I also urge parents to share this message with children so their legacy lives with future generations.