Osakis military leaders met at the Armed Forces Memorial Monday morning, May 25, to present a salute to veterans who made the supreme sacrifice for freedom.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the solemn 15-minute Memorial Day ceremony was not open to the public but was broadcast on the Osakis VFW Post's Facebook Live page.

VFW Post Commander Lee Christopherson said that cemeteries across the country holding the graves of fallen soldiers should remind everyone that freedom isn't free. He said that military members — ordinary people — "met impossible odds and did extraordinary things" for their country.

The ceremony also included remarks from VFW Chaplain John Pallow; the placement of flowers, a wreath and flags at the the battle cross soldier display; and a silent salute for fallen comrades followed by a rifle salute. The ceremony wrapped up with the playing of Taps.

Members of the Osakis VFW Auxiliary hold flags during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Armed Forces Memorial. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)
Members of the Osakis VFW Auxiliary hold flags during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Armed Forces Memorial. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

Osakis VFW Commander Lee Christopherson  reads a tribute to fallen comrades during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)
Osakis VFW Commander Lee Christopherson reads a tribute to fallen comrades during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)