On the same day that Civil War flags were returned to the Capitol rotunda after a long restoration effort, Gov. Mark Dayton established a task force Saturday to commemorate the beginning of a bloody war that began 150 years ago. 

According to a statement from Dayton's office:
"Members of the First Minnesota Volunteer Regiment were among those on the front lines, fighting throughout the war, including at the Battle of Gettysburg.  
Representative Dean Urdahl helped spearhead the creation of the task force, and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie read the newly issued Executive Order at the Civil War Flag Day at the Capitol celebration today.
 “I thank Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Representative Urdahl for their important work in establishing this task force, marking a significant moment in the history of our state and our nation,” said Governor Mark Dayton.
 "Minnesota's Civil War veterans made enormous sacrifices to protect our fundamental rights and preserve our nation” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.  “Commemorating the Civil War will give Minnesotans the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices of these brave veterans."
The Civil war began 150 years ago, on Tuesday. 

During a ceremony at the Capitol Saturday afternoon, several battle flags were returned to the glass cases ringing the rotunda that have been empty for nearly three years.

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