Flags fly at half-mast today to honor Walnut Grove man

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota will recognize a Medal of Honor recipient by flying flags at half-staff at state and federal buildings.

Flags will be flown half-staff today, Feb. 14, as a birthday remembrance of Major Leo Thorsness, who died in May.

Thorsness risked his life as an Air Force pilot while defending a downed air crew in a mission over Vietnam in 1967. He was captured on another mission and spent six years as a prisoner of war.

Thorsness grew up on a farm in southwest Minnesota near Walnut Grove.

John Kraemer is chairman of the Minnesota Medal of Honor Memorial. He says Thorsness should be remembered for his heroism.

The Medal of Honor memorial will be located on the state capitol grounds and is expected to be completed next year.

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