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As we near the end of Mental Health Aware­ness Month, I want to reinforce the obvious. Vet­erans and non-Veterans will continue face men­tal health challenges after May ends. We will continue to lose loved ones to suicide. We must continue the awareness; we must break the stig­ma associated with mental health and suicide. You are not alone.

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – call 988 (then press 1 if a Veteran) |

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memo­rial Day began by honoring Civil War casualties. After World War I, the name was changed to Memorial Day. As the United States engaged in other major conflicts, the day would commem­orate those service men and women lost in all wars. Beginning in 1971, the last Monday in May would mark the new federal holiday.

Memorial Day observances include the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Sol­dier in Arlington National Cemetery, and by ser­vices, parades and events held around the coun­try. Small American flags will be placed on the graves of Veterans in local cemeteries to honor those that have served. Regardless of how you choose to spend your last Monday in May, please take a moment to reflect on the selfless sacrifices of those we have lost. On Memorial Day, at 1500 hours (3:00 p.m.) local time, a national moment of remembrance takes place which is a simple and dignified way to pay your respects.

One last reminder, a public Memorial Day pro­gram will be held in the auditorium of the Two Harbors High School on Monday, May 29, 2023. The Two Harbors City Band will start playing at 9:30 AM with the program commencing at 10:00 AM. After the high school, the program will move to the Paul Van Hoven Park near the Edna G, then to the Lakeview Cemetery Veterans Section near the flagpole, and finally a picnic-style lunch at the American Legion Post. A huge “thank you” to American Legion Post 109, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 109, and everyone involved. A special thanks to Post 109 1st Vice Commander Vince Sando for taking the lead on this event.

Tuesday, May 30, at 8:00 AM (0800 for those military types), flags marking Veterans’ graves will be removed from the Lakeview Cemetery. Anyone interested and available to help collect flags is more than welcome and is greatly appre­ciated.

Brad Anderson is the Lake County Veterans Service Officer and can be reached at 218.834.8326, or cvso@co.lake.mn.us

Karen Christianson is the Cook County Veterans Service Officer and can be reached at 218.387.3639, or karen. christianson@co.cook.mn.us

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