MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Brass bands played patriotic tunes, gun salutes rang out and the state's new political leaders spoke of their commitment to soldiers past and present in events around Minnesota marking Veterans Day.
There were tributes all day Monday -- in cemeteries, American Legion halls, community centers, high schools and army recruiting stations.
At Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, a group called Veterans for Peace sounded bells at a morning service. Taps was played by a flagpole outside an Elk River elementary school. In Hackensack, veterans marched from the Legion Hall to the Veterans Memorial.
At Mesabi East High School in Aurora, students shook hands with World War II veterans and showed off patriotic posters. One read: "Our greatest heroes are ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
Col. Dennis Lord, executive director of the Minnesota National Guard, called on people at a service in New Ulm to keep all soldiers in their thoughts.
"Today is for all veterans -- those who have served and those who are serving," he said.
One of the larger commemorations was at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis, where more than 200 veterans listened to Sen.-elect Norm Coleman and Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty.
Coleman spoke of his predecessor, Sen. Paul Wellstone, who died in late October in a plane crash.
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