DULUTH,MN– Those who served our country along with family and friends gathered Saturday afternoon to dedicate the Duluth Veterans Cemetery.
Marine Veteran Bob Woods says it’s a long time coming.
“It’s been years we’ve been waiting for this to happen.”
Governor Tim Walz who was in attendence says, “There are few days as special as this. Whenever you dedicate hallowed ground like this, there’s a lot of emotions.”
This is the third veteran cemetery in the state and the only one here in the Northland.
Woods say this cemetery is a way for those who served to be laid to rest close to home.
“I’ve been to Arlington, I’ve been to Fort Snelling and there’s just a feeling of comradery,” says Woods.
Governor Walz says, “Loved ones want, they want to have their loved ones buried nearby. They want a place to visit. So having one in Northeast Minnesota, shows that commitment.”
He adds there a sense of pride being able to dedicate a place just for veterans.
“there’s a lot of veterans that did a lot for this country from this part of the state. I think now they feel like we’re bringing them home,” says Walz.
For Woods, it means he can visit mom and dad whenever he wants.
“I can drive by, I can tell the siblings I stopped by and saw the folks today. My sister will say what for? I say well to talk” says Woods.
Others in attendance for the dedication were Congressman Pete Stauber, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, and many veterans who spoke during the ceremony.