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Registration opens April 28th


You can donate here or..

Become a Sponsor!
Key Sponsor openings for just $500

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Katy Lindberg
Hastings, MN

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The March

What is this?
We're a group of Veterans from all branches of service, PLUS any others who are welcome to join us, that do
a scenic 10 mile walk (aka road march) on Memorial Day to honor our fallen comrades and to raise awareness for the holiday. Our new route is the scenic 10 mile River Trail Loop of Hastings, MN. Along the route we'll have Honor Markers that feature our fallen comrades, or family or friends that made the ultimate sacrifice. The markers are placed to honor them and to remind all of us who we're walking for. 


Yes, you can do it! 
We walk at a 3mph pace and will have two stops for a 10-15 min break each time. At each stop, aka Check Point, we are greeted by awesome volunteers with great food and beverages. We do walk as a group. This is not a race of any kind.  


Help Us Grow, Join Us!
Thanks to the new 10 mile route we had the most walkers last year at 73. We'd love to see many more in 2024!  It is FREE for Veterans and again, anyone can walk. You don't have to be a Veteran and registration is only $25 for non-Veteran participants. That $25 includes a stylin t-shirt for your collection.

Kids can walk too! If you have a child under 18 they can walk so long as you are with them. Children 12 and under are free but they do not get a t-shirt unless a paid $25 registration is done for them. We ask for kids who are 13+ that you do register and pay the $25 fee, which again includes a t-shirt.

Need more details?
No problem. More details on the March including tips on preparation, a suggested packing list, a map of the route and more can be found here.


Thank You!
Whether you walk, donate, sponsor or attend the Finish in Hastings we appreciate any involvement. Your support is greatly appreciated.


 Want to see more?
Here are a few Kodak moments from past Marches... 

For Them
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  We March For Them..  

Below are men and women from all branches of service, from all over the country, who made the ultimate sacrifice. Many were killed in action while serving in conflicts ranging from World War II to Vietnam to our operations in the Middle East post 9-11. Not all of them were KIA. There's men and women below who were killed in tragic accidents or took their own lives as a result of PTSD. We honor them all on Memorial Day.

Each one has been nominated by a walker who either served with them or has close ties. You must walk in order to nominate someone. You can make your nomination when you register to walk here. You would then be invited to share your nomination's story at the public program at the Finish.
 It's not mandatory to do so but it's highly encouraged.  

Our Sponsors

2023 Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!

 The Generals - Key Sponsors 
$500+ level 

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Katy Lindberg
Hastings, MN


 The Majors  $200+ level 


The Spool House
Dolores Pemble


 The Captains  $100+ level 


Jessica Edwards

Kathy Baker


SC Toys
Barb Hollenbeck

Jen Dye

Jerry Wright

Chad Pickering

Klebear Northrup


 The Lieutenants  $50+ level 

Tyler Hoeffner

Our Volunteers

Stay Tuned - Any Volunteer Opportunities Will Be Posted Here!

We'll surely have some new roles with the new route, but this
group deserves another nod for their years of service!

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Geoff Bruce
Route Support Lead
Navy Vet


Kathy O'Connor
Marcher Care/Transport
CP 10 Host


Kris Milliren
Finish Event Coordinator
Board Member & Treasurer

Our CheckPoint Hosts of the previous 28 mile route
who provided the great food and drinks along the way... 


BreAnna, Martha Hanson
& Family   CP 4

Colin Bruce
CP 7


Hochmuth's & Bentjen's
CP 19

Katy & Andy Lindberg & Family   
CP Jon Lindberg 


Kathy O'Connor & Family
CP 10


Shirley Markuson & Family
CP 22


Cheryl & Tom Bullington
CP 13

Melanie Baker & Family
CP 25

Board of Directors

Laura Slusarczyk - Board Chair

Sarah Hemmelgarn - Secretary

Kris Milliren - Treasurer

Jessie Nowak - Member

Elizabeth Markuson - Member

Patrick O'Connor - Member

Tom Wright - Executive Director

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MN Coaches/Hastings Bus Company - Mike Karlen, Mike Paul & Mike - Danny Schlomka

Graphic Designer for Flyers - Max Slocum, Imaginative Hobbyist

City of Hastings Parks & Rec - Paige Marschall Bigler

Hastings Police Dept.

The Hastings Journal - Bruce Karnick and Brooke Shepherd

Hastings Star Gazette - Charlie Swanson

KDWA - Mo McNeary, Mike Ruud, Dan Massman

St. Paul Pioneer Press & Fox 9

Hastings American Legion

Mayor Mary Fasbender - Speaker

Pastor Jim Bzofskie - Speaker

Other great supporters of the 2022 March...



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To Donate Or Sponsor
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Thank You for Your Support!

What is the money for?


All donations and sponsorships go towards supporting the event and its growth. The more we can raise, the larger the event can be in 2024. This includes the new pre-registration dinner, the tshirts, marketing and signage, supplies for the Honor Markers, plus any other supplies to support the march that we are unable to get donated. Your support allows us to keep the cost free for Veterans. 

We are a non-profit

 Memorial Day March For Them is a Minnesota nonprofit corporation with a federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.  All donations made to MDMFT are tax deductible. 

To Register
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Why you should do this...
New route, only 10 miles now!
It's FREE to walk if you're a Vet
It's only $25 if you're not
Either way you get this cool t-shirt
Kids 12 and under are free - it's not free babysitting though, you have to join them :) 
If you want a shirt for the kid you must register them and pay the $25
Veterans Dinner is free for Vets, 
only $20 for your plus 1

It's an easy 3 mph pace with breaks every hour that provide food & drinks..
..and if you don't make it, that's ok! We have a ride.

**This is a rain or shine event - sorry, no refunds

 Get this T-shirt! 

Your first time? Please read The March page to get an idea of how the day will go.

The Finish In Hastings

  Join us at the Finish on May 29th!
 Welcome the walkers back at a public program
hosted by the Hastings American Legion
Hear Marchers share stories of whom we walk for   
Book it! May 29th 11am at the Hastings Rotary Pavilion in Levee Park

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