Memorial Day in Minnesota: What's happening, what's open and closed

The nation pauses on Memorial Day to honor Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The largest remembrance ceremony in Minnesota will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Memorial events at Fort Snelling began on Saturday, but will continue Monday with a parade at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at 10 a.m. with music and speeches from special guests, including U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Gov. Mark Dayton. Other ceremonies will be held at parks, veterans homes and cemeteries across the state.

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Sen. Klobuchar will also be in Stewart, Minn. later Monday to present a Prisoner of War Medal to the family of WWII veteran Norman Kottke. First Lieutenant Kottke was captured by enemy forces and spent 6 months in a German war camp after his plane was shot down.

What's open and closed

All post offices are closed and there will be no regular mail service.

Some banks are either closed or are closing early today, so it'd best to call ahead.

Most major grocery stores will be open.

Regular Northstar rail service not run on Memorial Day, but there will be an added southbound trip for the Twins game.

Metro Transit will follow the holiday schedule.

Memorial Day in Washington

President Obama will host a breakfast Monday morning with veterans and their families. He will then head to Arlington National Cemetery, where he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and deliver a speech to honor fallen military members.

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