If you're looking for a way to honor veterans and give back this Memorial Day, there's a cause worthy of your time.
Over 220,000 people are buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, a large number of which are veterans. As one can imagine, decorating the graves for Memorial Day is a big effort for the limited number of staff at Fort Snelling. And the Veterans Administration, which operates the cemetery, doesn't have the funding to provide a flag for every single grave – so they haven't done it in decades.
Over the past few years, volunteers have stepped up to make sure the grounds are blanketed in red, white, and blue. And as the day approaches, they are once again looking for help.
Flags for Fort Snelling needs volunteers to help place – and later remove – flags on the graves this coming Memorial Day. The nonprofit's goal is to one day be able to place a flag at every single veteran grave in the cemetery – right now that's over 130,000 headstones.
More about Flags for Fort Snelling
The nonprofit was formed two days before Memorial Day in 2015, after founder Joanne Malmstedt learned that Fort Snelling no longer had the ability to place flags on the graves of the veterans laid to rest at the cemetery, the website says.
Malmstedt called on friends and family, and soon a movement began to try to collect as many flags as possible. The number of flags grew a little more the following year, thanks to the help of volunteers and donations, and the group hopes to continue the momentum until they are able to decorate every grave each Memorial Day.
To register to join them or for more information, visit flagsforfortsnelling.com.