Day Of Remembrance Today 17 Aug 12

Governor Dayton has proclaimed today (FRI) a Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation in Minnesota to mark the 150th anniversary of the US-Dakota War of 1862. Dayton asks Minnesotans to “remember that dark past” and to “recognize its continuing harm to the present.” On August 17th, 1862, a group of young Dakota men attacked and killed five settlers near Acton in Meeker County. Hundreds of people were killed in the ensuing attacks and counterattacks. Dayton says those deaths “started a vicious cycle of hate crimes” that continued long afterward. He offered condolences to everyone who lost family members, and has ordered that all state flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today.