People of Duluth: Memorial Day Weekend

“I think as time goes on, people are going to forget how we got all the freedoms that we have today. I think it’s important to remember that, and that people take at least one day of the year if not more to at least reflect on that, and those heroes not be forgotten.”

Mike and Laurie Warner spend Memorial Day Weekend reminiscing with family. Laurie grew up in Duluth with six siblings, and while many of them live elsewhere, she says the power of Lake Superior always draws them back together for holidays.

“Memorial Day is a time to put our family together, and build memories for them.”

Bob and Sue Erickson get together with their children and grandchildren every Memorial Day Weekend at Superior Shores Resort. They also have an anniversary coming up: they were married May 31, 1958 at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, where they met as camp counselors.

“I think it’s important for people just to remember all that’s going on. It’s almost another world that we don’t see on a day-to-day basis … we get so busy with life and you stop and think, there’s a lot of people that sacrifice.”

Erik and Tia Nelson have a growing family. They’re 26 weeks pregnant, juggling jobs and their little Pomeranian, Q-Tip. They say they’re taking the weekend to relax and reflect.

“It helps us remember again the heritage that we’ve had and the privilege that we’ve had.”

Carol and Tim McLellan visit cemeteries to remember and honor their parents and other family members. Tim’s dad served in the Coast Guard during World War II and is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. They say before he passed on, they would join him in visiting his wife’s grave, an area he affectionately called his “launching place.”

“We are headed up to the Gunflint Trail, and we stopped here to break up the trip.”

Tricia Runyon and Patrick Eibert have some big adventures ahead of them. They’re engaged and set to be married in September in St. Paul. Patrick says his 93-year-old grandfather served in the military and is a constant inspiration. He hopes to continue the same family values.

“Respect. That’s what we want to bring down with our generations, respect for our military.”

Josh and Mariah Crittenden say it’s important for their children to grow up with an understanding of Memorial Day and how it honors those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice. They plan to grill with family this weekend, a tradition for them every year.