Annual Mankato Remembrance Run

Annual Mankato Remembrance Run

Last night, 12/25/13, I attended the ceremony outside Fort Snelling in memory of the thirty-eight Dakota Indians hung in Mankato 151-years ago. On December 26, 1862, the largest mass execution in the nations history took place.

Each year mounted riders travel from South Dakota to Mankato, arriving for a ceremony at 10:00am, the day after Christmas—the time when the thirty-eight plunged to their deaths—in remembrance of that day when sons, husbands, and fathers left this world.

The ceremony at Fort Snelling is an annual event for preparing a cadre of runners to travel the distance from the Fort to Mankato. The runners depart the Fort after the midnight ceremony, arriving in Mankato in time to greet the riders.

The participants may have different agendas. Some for the past, some for the present, some for the future. Each feels a spiritual connection to the event 150 years ago and how it continues to affect their lives. Most seek understanding and reconciliation in their hearts for what has happened, seeking the power to forgive, as well as forgiveness for events from that period.

I was honored to be a part.

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