Volunteers place flags at all 200,000 graves at Fort Snelling for Memorial Day

It's the first time the nonprofit has been able to achieve the feat.
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Fort Snelling National Cemetery is awash with the Stars and Stripes for Memorial Day thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteers.

Just in time for Memorial Day, the nonprofit Flags for Fort Snelling has gone above and beyond to place American flags at all 200,000-plus graves in the cemetery.

It's the first time Flags for Fort Snelling has been able to accomplish the feat, and it did so with the aid of thousands of volunteers and a fundraising drive that generated almost $240,000, above the $225,000 it was looking for.

It's a magnificent effort that makes for a worthy remembrance for the fallen soldiers buried at Fort Snelling.

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It's the first time in 35 years that there will be a flag at every headstone in the cemetery.

Cemetery staff used to place the flags in decades gone by, but there soon became too many to place, which is why Flags for Fort Snelling was created in 2015.

Two years ago it managed to place 10,000 flags, but it has since grown to the point it's now able to honor every headstone in cemetery.

The Memorial Day events at Fort Snelling National Cemetery starts with wreath laying at 9:45 a.m., before the parade and ceremony at 10 a.m.

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