Twins say one last goodbye to Harmon Killebrew

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI | May 26, 2011 | 8:45 PM EDT

Memorials lay at the feet of the statue of Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame baseball player Harmon Killebrew, Thursday, May 26, 2011, in Target Field plaza prior to a public memorial service in Minneapolis for Killebrew who died last week at the age of 74 from cancer in Arizona. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and their fans are saying one final goodbye to Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew.

Thousands of fans, dozens of former teammates and about 45 of Killebrew's family members attended a memorial service held at Target Field.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared Thursday as Harmon Killebrew Day, in remembrance of the man who hit 573 career home runs and died at age 74 last week after a bout with esophageal cancer.

Among those in attendance were Killebrew's wife Nita and Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Rod Carew and Bert Blyleven.

Some started the evening at the Mall of America, built on the grounds where Killebrew played for the Twins at the old Metropolitan Stadium. Carew, Jim Kaat and others took the light rail from the mall to Target Field for the ceremony.